Armenian parliament starts discussions on 2014-2017 government program

Armenian parliament starts discussions on 2014-2017 government program

YEREVAN, May 20. /ARKA/. Armenia’s National Assembly started discussing the government program for 2014-2017 on Tuesday.

The premier Hovik Abrahamyan said the program is developed based on the 2013 program, Armenia’s national security strategy, election campaign programs of the president and the Republican Party of Armenia.

The new program is realistic, demanding and deserving attention, the premier said.

The program envisages lead growth rates compared to developed countries through mid-term GDP growth of 5%, gradual increase in minimum wages to 65,000 drams (157 dollars) and a 10-percentage point reduction in poverty.

GDP growth is 5.2% under 2014 budget. According to amendments to the minimum wages law, the minimum salary is increased by 30% to 45,000 (109 dollars) as from July 1, 2013. According to ArmStat, the current poverty level is 32%.

The main provisions of the program relate to fair remuneration system, agriculture and rural problems, development of small and medium-sized enterprises, expanded support to IT sector, tourism and some other fields.

A special focus will be placed on proportional territorial development, effective human rights protection and justice.

New tools are suggested for social security, healthcare, education and science. The government will focus also on improving migration processes.

Projects are planned to enhance public administration, local governance, taxation and customs system and to protect competition. In implementing the program the government will bear in mind Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union.

The 2014-20147 government program is presented by the new cabinet that was formed after the resignation of premier Tigran Sargsyan on May 3. The new government was formed within 20 days after appointment of Hovik Abrahamyan as new premier on April 12. –0—

14:37 20.05.2014

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