Karen Karapetyan: We need to build business bridges between Iran and Armenia

12:11 • 10.10.17



Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan on Monday urged Iranian-Armenians to consider business cooperation plans as part of the further efforts towards strengthening the two countries' traditionally developing relations.


“I propose that you all make steady steps towards building strong bridges between Iran and Armenia, motivated by not only patriotic sentiments but also mutually advantageous businesses. I am confident that there are real chances for implementing such projects in Armenia, and our government is determined to stand by every business,” he said at a meeting with Armenian community representatives at the sports and cultural center Ararat (in capital Tehran).


The premier also briefed the attendees on the Armenian Government’s reforms, noting that the intended steps (especially in the economic sector) aim to create equal and favorable conditions for businesses.


“We have initiated reforms in practically all the areas based on the results of our ‘diagnostic’ work. Our diagnosis aimed to identify the specific obstacles to our economic development. And so our projects are now aimed at ensuring a higher effectiveness in management and economics, and simplifying and enhancing tax and customs administration,” he said, according to the Government’s press service.


Meantime Karapetyan highlighted the growth in Armenia’s economy by 5.5% over the past eight months (despite the budgetary forecasts promising no more than a 3.2% growth).


“We have a 21% growth in exports and a 28.6% growth in imports, and it is commendable that about 50% of our imports are capital investments addressing business development rather than consumer needs. We are determined to develop our country’s economy and create transparent and equal conditions for businesses,” he added.


The premier also responded to the attendees, addressing their concerns over the Iranian-Armenian economic cooperation, different projects in Armenia and the activities towards developing tourism, transport communication, education, science and culture, as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict settlement process.

 

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