Although the leaders of Armenia do not stop talking about ensuring transparency in public procurement, the cost efficiency is still concerning. In order to increase public control over public procurement sector, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center (TIAC) created a system of public procurement, which will operate in online regime.
A discussion was held in Artashat about Ararat Region's health care system and the new procedure for the certification of doctors, which was attended by various heads of medical institutions, doctors, and representatives of state structures and NGOs.
“The World Bank has funded a project to improve irrigation system and has given a credit of $ 30 million. However, the Government of Armenia decided that the irrigation program of Kaghtsrashen should be fulfilled by these means, and not the World Bank. So, it is RA government to cancel it,” Levon Galstyan, Pan-Armenian Environmental Front member, said during the discussion on “Construction of Garni Water Pipeline was Suspended: Further Developments” at Media Center.
A group of lawyers and journalists initiated a procedure of prosecuting Azerbaijan in the international courts related to the April armed clashes in the zone of NK conflict. At this moment they are conducting a fact-finding activity in order to apply to corresponding international institutions after collecting sufficient facts and evidences about the crimes committed by Azerbaijan. The institutions are the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the International Criminal Court.
“The year of 2017 is a pre-election year and it is natural that the authorities do not want the dissatisfied part of the society to be in the street. That is why they initiated the delay of compulsory component of the funded pension system for the private sector,” Mane Tandilyan, member of “Bright Armenia” Party, said this at Media Center.
Although the cancer mortality index of Armenia is one of the highest in the world, the state and public attention is limping about the treatment of this illness. There is lack of enough investments and infrastructures in the field and the awareness level of the society is rather low.
“After April four-day war it became more important to value the alive heroes. During the discussions we understood that monuments are usually devoted to victims in Armenia, there are no initiatives devoted to alive heroes. That is why we concentrated on alive heroes and want to thank them in this way,” Environmentalist Karine Panosyan said about this during the discussion on “Park of Alive Heroes” Project at Media Center.
The agreements made during the meeting of Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan Serj Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev in Vienna do not mean that the procedure of Nagorno Karabakh (NK) conflict is on a qualitatively new stage. This only shows the “revival” of the negotiation process. The Armenian and Azerbaijani experts spoke about this during the discussion at Media Center on May 17.
“I don’t believe that there is an honest capital in Armenia. And if we start to look for them, we will have to send everyone to prison. Let us forgive people, let the money come to Armenia. We are not in the situation to consider it a serious problem and punish them,” Advocate Tigran Atanesyan said it during the discussion at Media Center entitled “The Corruption Trajectory of Offshore Scandal: Will there be legal consequences?”
The draft bill on the recognition of independence of Nagorno Karabakh that did not receive the negative opinion of the Government will be approved at NA Standing Committee on Foreign Relations and will be included in the Parliamentary agenda. Later when proper it can be voted at the National Assembly. RA Member of Parliament, Former Foreign Minister Alexander Arzumanyan said this at Media Center on May 12.
“If we did not do anything, the electricity price would reduce by at least 6 AMD on August 1,” Economist Artak Manukyan said during the discussion at Media Center, reasoning his opinion by the fact that by August 1, 2016 the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) will have covered its debt of 24 billion AMD because of which electricity price increased last year.
If Azerbaijan launches a large-scale war, I think the procedure will start not only in terms of support but also in terms of the recognition of the independence. Member of NA Republican Faction Gagik Melikyan said this during the debate organized by Media Center at A1+ pavilion yesterday.
The appeal against the ban on the import of Turkish goods into Armenia was not accepted definitely by the experts. Moreover, most of them think that this issue is raised artificially, and particularly the raw material imported from Turkey for textile products is indispensable. So, in case of limitations the rate of unemployment will increase because of the traders and businessmen who import goods from Turkey. The economists said about this during the discussion at Media Center.
“No one would dare to discuss the issue of territories surrender in the Repubic of Nagorno Karabakh (NKR)," Garnik Isagulyan, Consultant of NKR Permanent Representation in the Republic of Armenia, said during the discussion at Media Center while speaking about the last visit of Serj Sargsyan to NKR.