Armenia continues to serve as a transit country for drug smugglers despite the coronavirus border restrictions imposed last year.
First, it was the coronavirus and closed borders. The summer saw a slight uptick in tourist numbers, but this was short-lived due to the September war in Artsakh.
The mining complex’s enrichment plant remains in Armenian hands, but the pumping station is now in territory controlled by Azerbaijan. The mine cannot operate without it.
In the first 10 months of 2020, Armenian state budget tax revenues amounted to some 1.135 trillion drams, a 5.2% (62 billion drams) drop from the same period in 2019.
Prior to the recent Karabakh war, Harutyun Mnatsakanyan cultivated 200 hectares of arable land in the Kashatagh region of Artsakh, growing organic legumes and rye.
Concerned over the increasing devaluation of the Armenian Dram vis-à-vis the US Dollar, the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) today announced it will intervene in the foreign exchange market.
The Armenian dram continues its downward spiral relative to the US dollar.
While several Armenian communities outside Armenia have called for a boycott of Turkish goods, some of which are sold in retail stores owned by Armenians, Turkish-made goods are still available in Armenia, even though some stores have puled such item
Despite its rich oil and gas reserves, Azerbaijan's economy is not considered developed today. It is not diversified.
Fifty women are involved in the production process. Khachatryan emphasizes that when hiring, she gives priority to people with disabilities.
Turkish-made products are displayed on social networks and people are being urged to refrain from buying them while shopping and to choose locally made alternatives if available. A petition was also organized to boycott Turkish goods.
Armenia’s national debt, how much the government owes it creditors, rose by US$30 million in August and now stands at $7.967 billion.
Jrbashyan stressed that Armenian government must pay primary attention to capital expenditures and monetary policy.
The 3.9% economic growth registered in Armenia in the first quarter of this year was followed by a sharp decline in the second quarter.
Talking with reporters today in Yerevan, Khachatryan said the economy will register positive trends in the third and fourth quarters of the year to offset earlier downturns.
Armenia’s State Revenue Committee (SRC) today stated that it has recovered 1.640 billion drams ($3.381m) in tax revenues lost via tax violations (tax evasion, improper accounting, low wage records, etc.).
The researchers also tried to find out what level of education the unemployed have. It turned out that unemployed women are more educated than men.
Armenia’s foreign trade volume in the first half of this year (January-June 2020), amounted to US $3.1 billion, a dip of 10.7% when compared to the same period in 2019.
Armenia’s Ministry of Finance reports that the total public debt increased by $5.9 million or 0.08% in June.
In May of this year, compared to the same month in 2019, Armenia's Economic Activity Index (EAI) decreased by 12.8%.
The Armenian government is planning to launch a universal income filing system, requiring citizens to periodically submit income disclosures to tax authorities.
Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) today decided not to raise natural gas prices for most individual consumers.
In April of this year, the number of registered workers receiving wages in Armenia decreased by 74,359 (12%) when compared to the previous month.
Armenia’s Economic Activity Index (EAI) dipped 17.2% in April, when compared to the same period last year, according to the country’s Statistical Committee.
In the last two years, up to six tons of gold (including gold powder - platinum galvanic coating) has been exported from Armenia annually. It is exported in the form of a doré alloy, part of which is silver. It is exported by GeoProMining Gold LLC.
The amount transferred in the first quarter of this year amounted to US$354 million, a decrease of $38 million.
Armenia’s Statistical Committee reports that the number of tourists traveling abroad from Armenia in the first quarter of 2020 is also down when compared to 2019.
The Armenian government has decided to open retail businesses in the country starting on Monday, May 4, except for shopping malls and supermarkets.
The negative impact of the coronavirus on the Armenian economy can be seen in official statistics.
Ex-deputy prime minister of Armenia, economist Vache Gabrielyan believes that the loan programs proposed by the Government to counter the economic consequences of COVID-19 are ineffective at this stage.
Armenian Minister of the Economy Tigran Khachatryan, at a Yerevan press conference today, said that the ongoing coronavirus crisis would result in significant losses to the country’s economy in 2020.
Gazprom Armenia proposes to cut natural gas prices by 2.2% for consumers up to 10,000 cubic meters a month. The company's statement also contains uncertainty.
Armenia exported 562,000 tons of copper concentrate in 2019, the largest amount in the past ten years. It is noteworthy that in 2019 copper was exported at a cheaper price than in the previous year.
Armenia experienced a 4.6% growth in construction in 2019, totaling some AMD 435 billion ($908m).
Several Armenian truckers carrying goods of Iranian origin have been unable to cross the Armenian-Georgian border for the past four or five days.
In 2019, $1.959 billion was sent to Armenia by individuals overseas via bank transfers. This is an increase of 9.7% ($174 million) over 2018.
The ever-growing coronavirus is not only impacting China’s economy but is throwing global economic forecasts into the realm of uncertainty.
While Armenian government officials responsible for the country’s economy like to boast about annual economic growth of 7% and near double-digit growth in exports, they rarely break down the figures for public consumption.
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189,018 cars were imported to Armenia in 2019, three times more than in 2018.
As of the end of December 2019, Armenia's gross international reserves were estimated at about $2.840 billion. Reserves increased by $580.5 million (25.7%) when compared to December 2018, according to data provided by the Central Bank.
23.5% of Armenia's population was living below the poverty line in 2018 according to data released by the country’s Statistical Committee. That’s about 700,000 people, or one in every four persons in the country.
Armenia, with a score of 61.3, ranks 69th the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 covering 141 economies.
Increased revenues and expenditures resulting in budgetary deficit of 182.6 billion drams
71% of them are said to be Armenian citizens now living abroad, either staying with relatives or renting apartments while in the country. The rest stay in hotels or other tourist-related lodgings.
Drivers and traders in Armenia are rushing to import cars from abroad by the end of the year before customs duties are raised.
In all, according to the State Cadastre Committee, 5,061 apartment units were sold in the first six months of this year, down by 5.3% from the same period last year.
Armenia’s Ministry of the Economy says it has no data as to what sectors of the country’s economy received foreign investment money in the first quarter of this year.
Two of the top ten taxpaying companies in Armenia during the first half of 2019 are from the mining industry. Another two are among the top 100 largest taxpayers.