YEREVAN, October 10. / ARKA /. The Armenian government has approved today a new concept for non-metallic ore processing. Energy and natural resources minister Armen Movsisyan said a number of legal and institutional reforms were being affected in this sector aimed at harmonizing its management with international standards.
The concept calls for improvement the quality of local nonmetal products to make them competitive at international markets, assistance in fund-raising, provision of preferential terms and assisting in the implementation of expertise.
Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan noted that the concept has been highly anticipated and had been discussed also with the private sector.
According to official statistics, in January -August 2013 production of non-metallic mineral products totaled 32.6 billion drams, a 1.7 percent rise compared to the same period last year ($ 1 - 406.20 drams). -0-