Armenia’s minister of finance says merger of two public agencies has nothing to do with him personally

Armenia’s minister of finance says merger of two public agencies has nothing to do with him personally

YEREVAN, May 7. /ARKA/. Armenia’s minister of finance Gagik Khachatryan sees no connection between his person and the recent merger of the state revenue committee with the ministry of finance. He made this statement at a press conference Wednesday.

He said the same thing has been done in some 30-35 countries. The effects of the merger will be seen later, he added.

Under a presidential decree, the state revenue committee was merged with the ministry of finance on May 1. Earlier, on April 26, the ex-head of the committee Gagik Khachatryan was appointed as minister of finance in the new cabinet.

Some mass media outlets want to increase their rating, Khachatryan said in commenting the recent media reports saying the merger contains many corruption risks.

The new minister suggested reporters spending some 10 working days in the ministry or the tax and customs agencies to understand the processes taking place there.

“It is important to realize the reforms that are under way instead of focusing on how many bodyguards I have”, the minister said. –0--

15:04 07.05.2014

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