YEREVAN, May 19. / ARKA /. Chaired by Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, Armenia’s government has approved today its plan of actions at an extraordinary meeting that calls for priority growth rate due to a 5 percent medium-term growth from 2014 to 2017.
Presenting the program deputy prime minister Armen Gevorkyan said it envisages also a gradual rise of the minimum wage to 65,000 drams and reduction of poverty by 10 percent.
The 2014 budget calls for a 5.2% GDP growth. The minimum wage was raised lust summer to 45,000 drams and according to official data, the poverty rate is above 32 percent now.
According to Gevorkyan, the program’s focus is on ensuring fair wages, agricultural sector, small and medium-sized businesses, information technology, tourism and many other areas .
He said a special attention will be paid also to proportional development of the regions of the country as well as to ensuring an effective system for protection of human rights and justice.
Armen Gevorkyan said the new program offers a set of new tools designed to improve the situation in such areas as social protection, health , education and science.
"The government has a plan of actions designed for improvement of public administration, local governments, tax and customs systems, protection of competition. The government’s program takes into account Armenia’s impending accession to the Customs Union,’ he said.
He said the new program was designed based on the previous program, the national security strategy and the president’s election pledges.
Summing up the meeting, Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said the program was designed based on
the views of all the political forces in the parliament, ministries and state departments .
The government's program will be presented to the National Assembly during the current legislative session.
Hovik Abrahamyan was appointed prime minister on April 13 replacing former head of the government Tigran Sarkisian. According to the Constitution, the new government was formed within twenty days after the appointment of prime minister. ($ 1 - 413.83 drams). -0-