Participation in the Eurasian Economic Union is a priority for our government, Armenian acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
According to him, the growth of trade turnover between Armenia and EEU member states stood at 15% during the last ten months compared to the same period last year. The volume of exports to the EEU member states over the same period increased by over 22%, while total exports of Armenia increased by 11.7%. The share of the member states in the total export of Armenia is also increasing.
The Armenian government intends to develop technological sectors of the economy, the acting PM said, adding that information technologies are the fastest growing sector of Armenian economy, and the potential competitive advantage of the country.
Pashinyan noted that Armenia attaches great importance to the diversification of foreign economic relations and fully support the main directions of the international activities of the Eurasian Union for 2019.
“We consider the cooperation with the EU, as well as with countries that are our direct trading partners is a priority. Armenia is ready to become an effective platform for the development of trade and economic relations with Iran. We are also ready to take an active role in negotiations with Egypt on a free trade agreement. We are interested in the early entry into force of the treaties with Iran and China. The government of Armenia will interstate the procedure of ratification of these documents and will submit them to the National Assembly shortly after parliamentary elections,” he said in a statement.
Pashinyan recalled that Armenia set to hold snap parliamentary elections in three days.
“The new parliament will enable Armenian people to form a government whose activities will be aimed at achieving early results in areas of priority for our society, particularly in the fight against corruption, strengthening the institutions of the rule of law, and creating equal conditions for all actors operating in economic and political life our country,” Nikol Pashinyan said.
Armenian acting PM also raised the issue of the Armenian representation in the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.
“Guided by the principle of partnership and a constructive approach with regard to the functioning of our union, we do not insist on an immediate discussion of this issue and the adoption of an appropriate decision.”