Armenia’s complicated logistics reach, the economic problems of Russia, the situation created in the market of Armenian aviation, gaps in marketing and poor condition of infrastructures, particularly of roads, hamper the growth of tourism. The experts of aviation and tourism sphere spoke about it yesterday at Media Center.
“Russia doesn’t withdraw from Syria but from the situation that occurred there. It is called an “exit strategy”,” Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of Caucasus Institute, Political Scientist, shared his opinion at the Media Center discussion on March 18.
Though Deputy Finance Minister Armen Alaverdyan stated that Armenia would continue to charge value added tax from individuals who import cars from the Eurasian Economic Union countries, on March 16 the National Assembly adopted in the second reading and completely the legislative amendments to end this practice.
The number of registered job seekers in Shirak Region has surged from 9000 to 15.400 in a year. In the meantime, the Government’s employment programs continue their activities in the region, with positive results being observed: within the last year’s programs by the Employment State Agency 563 people in Gyumri found jobs while 254 people were involved in the seasonal programs. These numbers in total, however, make 5.30 percent of all registered job seekers in the region.
The Media Center hosted a press conference on the cases of non-combat deaths in the Armenian Army and their investigation. The press conference featured Avetik Ishkhanyan from Helsinki Citizens’ Committee and mothers of deceased soldiers Valerik Muradyan and Artur Ghazaryan- Nana Muradyan and Inga Ghazaryan.
Levon Barseghyan from Asparez Journalists’ Club, Gyumri shared thoughts on the political situation in the country, civil society issues, Pemyakov’s trial, general elections and escalation along the Azerbaijani border.
During the eighth session the Fifth Armenian Parliament adopted four times more laws at special parliamentary meetings than the lawmakers managed to adopt during the whole session. 90 out of 112 legislative amendments were adopted at special meetings, with lawmakers initiating only 8 /7%/ laws.
Though the new Election Code is to be drafted according to President Serzh Sargsyan’s decision and introduced to the Parliament no later than March 1, the opposition, civil society representatives and even experts know little about the provisions of the document.
Armenia needs a business ombudsman to improve the effective protection of the interests of business in the country. Besides, the NGOs defending the interests of business should activate the work with government bodies.
Human rights defenders refuse to agree with the official explanation for civic activist Vardges Gaspari’s detention. They describe the detention as “an illegal and unreasonable act” and Gaspari is detained for his political views.