The solar energy on each square meter in Armenia, according to an expert assessment, is equal to one barrel of oil. This huge solar energy potential in the country can be utilized by using the solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. As long as there is sun, the PV energy is inexhaustible and is the best renewable natural energy resource. However, the cost of PV panels is high, and Armenia is not yet rich enough to benefit from this natural gift.
Economists in Armenia are divided into two camps as far as their assessments of next year’s state budget are concerned. They, in particular, disagree on whether the government will be able to meet the revenue target through the projected amount of tax collection. Still, experts are unanimous in their belief that the budget can be fulfilled if political will is present.
The government of Armenia believes the free trade zone to be created among the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will promote Armenia’s export and economic development.
Within the framework of the visit to Saint Petersburg, Russia, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and the delegation headed by him participated in the CIS member states’ session of heads of government and signed a free trade zone agreement with seven other CIS countries.
Leaders of eight Armenian news outlets have appealed to the Constitutional Court of Armenia demanding to declare articles on insult and slander anti-constitutional. (The increasing number of lawsuits against mass media representatives has become an issue of serious concerns ever since the decriminalization of these articles last year.)
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh may submit their projects to the Paros (Lighthouse) Foundation, which announced it will find funds for 100 of them, and they will be implemented before April 24, 2015.
Parliamentarians of factions representing the opposition wing of the National Assembly believe that serious legislative reforms are necessary to eliminate gifts of “charity” that in effect are campaign bribes.
The population census launched Wednesday in Armenia is expected, experts say, to provide comprehensive and accurate demographic, economic and social data on all people currently residing in the country.
For a few months now in the once blooming resort town of Dilijan, Tavush province, construction has been on for Dilijan International School as the idea of the unique school survived initial public discontent. At one point last year the project discouraged the initiators to an extent when they were, as they said, about to give up the idea completely.