YEREVAN, April 8. / ARKA /. Armenia’s next prime minister must be a professional, who will have to offer solutions for a variety of economic problems, according to Vazgen Safrayan, chairman of the Union of Domestic Producers.
"The next prime minister should be a person who is well skilled in economy and is well aware of the industrial, energy and agricultural potentials of the country," Safaryan told a news conference today.
He said one of the biggest challenges for the new head of the government will be to mitigate social injustice by creating new high-paying jobs, preventing exodus of labor migrants, cracking down on monopolies and guarantee a level playing field for all.
Safaryan said the next prime minister should press for revival of Nairit chemical plant, construction of the second unit of Yerevan thermal power plant, creation of a copper smelter in Zangezur, building a railway from Vanadzor to Fioletovo, opening free economic zones in all the border areas of the country.
Safaryan praised the former Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian, who resigned on April 3 highlighting his efforts in reforming industrial development of the country.
According to official statistics, industrial production in 2012 amounted to 1.120 trillion drams, a 10% increase from 2011. Last year the industrial production grew to 1.240 trillion drams. ($ 1 - 415.22 drams). -0-