Businesses of Russia and Armenia should help people overcome economic transformation - Vardanyan
DILIJAN, June 3. /ARKA/. Business of Russia and Armenia should help their countries to mitigate hardship on populations from transformation from one economic system to another, co-director of Sberbank CIB Ruben Vardanyan said.
According to the businessman, Russian and Armenian societies are currently going through not an easy process that is often very painful as the governments fail to fully ensure a mild transformation.
But on the other hand, Vardanyan says, the world is becoming more competitive and dynamic, and the government-private partnership makes the process more effective and fast.
‘I believe it is a very important and necessary mechanism that should exist both in Russia and Armenia’, Vardanyan said in responding ARKA’s question.
Vardanyan said the projects he is doing are not pure charity. An attempt is made to make the mechanisms work on their own, without donors and philanthropists and to launch changes in economic situation through anchor projects like in Tatev and Dilijan, the businessman said. For instance, the ‘Wings of Tatev” ropeway helped boost tourism in Siunik region, hence create new hotels and new jobs.
The 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway, built by Austrian-Swiss Dopplemayer/Garaventa transports visitors from the village of Halidzor across the Vorotan gorge to the village of Tatev, within walking distance of the monastery, allowing tourists and visitors to bypass a 90-minute drive on a road in and out of the Vorotan River Gorge. The cable car travels at a speed of 37 kilometers per hour (23 miles per hour) and a one-way journey takes 11 minutes. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 meters (1,056 feet) above ground level. It has two cabins, each capable of carrying up to 25 passengers. The cable car is part of a $45 million-dollar public-private effort to develop tourism at Tatev and in the overall region of Syunik. The aerial tramway was officially registered by a representative of the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest aerial tramway built to transport visitors. –0--