Poor social and economic conditions in Shirak - Armenia’s most impoverished region – hamper the struggle against child labor. Government officials, representatives of local authorities and regional administrations say efforts against the human rights reality are not effective since the conditions prompting child labor still remain.
Residents of provinces of Armenia and Yerevan, estimating the activity of the Armenian authorities, have mainly pointed at unemployment, agricultural problems, and high inflation as top issues that need urgent solutions.
More than 1,600 people participated in the ‘Estimations of the Authorities’ Activity’ sociological research, held by the Government of Armenia on Wednesday.
Representatives of a few business-related local organizations (the Armenian Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen, Union of Information Technology Enterprises, and RA Chamber of Commerce and Industry) addressed an open letter to Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission in Armenia Guillermo Tolosa, in connection with his statement on tax benefits to high-tech companies, made in mid-April, describing his estimations to be baseless.
The government explains the process of changing the significance of lands designed for usage of the earth’s crust by the prospect of recovering the scattered funds of the state budget; however, environmentalists are worried that by this decision many hectares of lands of community significance will simply be destroyed.
At the Thursday session the Government of Armenia amended the decision on “Approving the procedure of alienation of arable lands which are state and community property, as well as the right to its building and usage.”
On April 20, the largest ethnic minority in Armenia – the Yezidi community – celebrates New Year, known as Sere Sal (meaning ‘Head of the Year’).This day commemorates the Wednesday that Tawsi Melek first came to Earth millions of years ago in order to calm the planet’s quaking and spread his peacock colors throughout the world. Yezidis play drum and pipe, religious ceremonies are held, and the day is also called Red Wednesday.
A representative of an international financial organization appeals to improve the taxation field in Armenia, whereas responsible taxation authorities in Armenia in their reports register progress in tax collection.
Last Friday, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative in Armenia Guillermo Tolosa at a press conference stated that tax collection remains poor in Armenia and the reforms in the taxation sphere of Armenia still do not promote the healthy activity of business environment in Armenia.
A slight depreciation of the dram, according to experts, has both subjective and objective reasons, which may create dangerous expectations among citizens; however, the government insists that everything is moderate and normal.
Since early April, the Armenian dram was depreciated by about 3 percent, becoming 376 drams from 366 drams (per dollar).