Polling center head defends Armenia’s accession to customs union

Polling center head defends Armenia’s accession to customs union

YEREVAN, January 9. / ARKA /. Head of an Armenian polling center has backed today the decision of the country’s leadership to make the country a member of the Russia-led Customs Union arguing that it would give a fresh boost to economic development.

According to Aharon Adibekyan, head of Sociometer polling center, Armenia should encourage the Russian side to help resume the operation of several large enterprises in Armenia, ‘because that will in turn enhance the development of small and medium businesses.” 

“First of all, we need to revive the Yerevan tire plant, Nairit chemical plant and a number of other enterprises that worked under the Soviets for the military-industrial sector.  That will undoubtedly lead to the economic recovery of the country,” said Adibekian at a press conference on Thursday.

"We need to open about 20 large companies, each of which should employ hundreds and thousands of people. As a result half a million people will improve their standard of living," he said.

He also said that Armenia’s educational system is 50-60 years behind global trends. 

‘Obviously, if we fail to provide the younger generation with proper education,  Armenia will not develop," he said, adding that as a Customs Union member  Armenia will have more chances for introduction of new technologies.

He argued that in 100 years, Armenia will exhaust its natural resources and the only guarantee of the country's development will be education and the intelligence of its citizens.  -0-

15:38 09.01.2014

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