YEREVAN, September 26. / ARKA /. Some 2,500 Armenian legislative acts and 326 business procedures will be revised over the next two years as part of Regulatory Guillotine program, Scott Jacobs, an expert of the National Center for Streamlined Legislation and the author of the tool, said today.
Speaking at a news conference Mr. Jacobs said this will significantly speed up and simplify business procedures, help get rid of red tape and reduce the cost of extra services.
In November 2011, international donors and the government of Armenia signed a letter of intent to improve economic governance by using the Regulatory Guillotine tool.
Jacobs said the National Center for Streamlined Legislation, which coordinates all the moves of the program has already submitted to the government a number of proposals for revamping the legislation on transport , social services and health care.
"Revamping of legislative acts in some sectors is underway and the first results are obvious. For example, progress was made in telecommunications sector regarding competitiveness, which in turn led to lower prices for some services,” said Jacobs.
According to him, Regulatory Guillotine fast reform tool is based on three principles: economic independence that will allow businesses to easily enter the market and develop; the quality and ease of services and government agencies’ respect for the citizens along with transparency of all procedures.
Jacobs stressed that to create a good business environment it is important to improve the legal framework of the country. -0-