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Կառավարությունը մարզերին կհատկացնի 168 մլն դրամ
/Nov 1/Verelq.am/

ՀՀ համայնքներին 2018թ. պետբյուջեով արդեն իսկ նախատեսված սուբվենցիաներից բացի այլ սուբվենցիաներ տրամադրելու նպատակով կառավարության պահուստային ֆոնդից 167 մլն 954 հազար դրամ կհատկացվի Արագածոտնի, Արարատի, Արմավիրի, Լոռու, Գեղարքունիքի, Վայոց ձորի և Շիրակի մարզպետարաններին: Որոշումն ընդունվել է ՀՀ կառավարության այսօրվա նիստում:

Հիմնավորման համաձայն՝ 2018թ. առաջին 9 ամսվա ընթացքում ՀՀ համայնքների ներկայացրած 230 ծրագրային հայտերից սուբվենցիաներ ստանալու համար հավանության են արժանացել 173-ը: Նշված ծրագրերից մի մասի համար կայացել են ծրագրերի իրականացման մրցութային գործընթացները:

 Ծրագրային հայտերը հիմնականում ուղղված են համայնքներում կապիտալ ներդրումներին` մասնավորապես, փողոցների, այգիների, պուրակների, խաղահրապարակների բարեկարգմանը, համայնքային շենքերի, մշակութային տների, մանկապարտեզների, հանդիսությունների սրահների կառուցմանն ու նորոգմանը, խմելու, կոյուղու, ոռոգման ջրագծերի կառուցմանն ու նորոգմանը և գիշերային լուսավորության անցկացմանը: Ծրագրերի ընդհանուր արժեքը կազմում է 631 մլն դրամ և մրցույթների արդյունքներում այն կազմել է 419,5 մլն դրամ, որից ՀՀ պետբյուջեի համաֆինանսավորման մասը կազմում է 167 մլն 954 հազար դրամ:

Մեկ այլ որոշմամբ էլ աջակցություն կցուցաբերվի Լոռու մարզի Թումանյան համայնքի Քարինջ բնակավայրի՝ կարկտահարությունից և տեղատարափ անձրևից տուժած բնակիչներին, կվերանորոգվի դպրոցի տանիքը: Ըստ հիմնավորման՝ ընթացիկ տարվա սեպտեմբերի 10-ին տեղատարափ անձրևից և կարկտահարությունից վնասվել են Քարինջ բնակավայրի 117 բնակիչների տների տանիքները, զգալի վնաս է հասցվել Քարինջի միջնակարգ դպրոցի շենքին: Այդ նպատակով կառավարության պահուստային ֆոնդից Լոռու մարզպետարանին կհատկացվի 24,764.0 հազ. դրամ:
 

Les prix des logements en Arménie devraient augmenter de 15% en 2019

Si les tendances actuelles sur le marché immobilier en Arménie persistent, les prix des logements connaîtront une hausse de 15% en 2019, a déclaré le chef de la société immobilière Akcern, Hakob Baghdasaryan, lors d’une conférence de presse.

Selon M. Baghdasaryan, la possibilité d’acheter des logements dans de nouveaux bâtiments, lorsque les intérêts des prêts hypothécaires sont payés au détriment de l’impôt sur le revenu, est un facteur important du marché immobilier.

« Même si certaines familles n’ont pas de problème de logement, elles sont motivées pour utiliser les services bancaires pour acheter un logement afin d’éviter les pertes fiscales », at-il déclaré. Baghdasaryan note que le marché immobilier arménien se réoriente progressivement vers le marché du logement primaire.

Il a noté que la confiance dans le marché du logement primaire a commencé à augmenter lorsque les bâtiments ont commencé à être mis en service dans les délais.

« Seul le facteur prix peut forcer l’acheteur à abandonner le marché primaire en faveur du marché secondaire », a déclaré M. Baghdasaryan.

Au premier semestre 2018, le prix le plus élevé du mètre carré de surface habitable dans les immeubles à logements multiples se situait dans le district administratif de Kentron – 504 000 drams, et le plus bas dans le district de Nubarashen – 156 900 drams.

Dans les régions, le prix le plus élevé par mètre carré de logements était à Tsakhkadzor (280 400 drams) et le plus bas dans la communauté de Dastakert dans la province de Syunik – 22 200 drams.
 

Armenia’s president’s staff submits budget application requesting 741 less than previously
/Nov 3/Aysor/

Armenia’s presidential staff submitted 1 billion 183 million 834 thousand AMD budget application for 2019, which makes 61,5% of this year’s factual budget, head of president’s staff Emil Tarasyan said at the NA during the discussion of 2019 draft budget.
“We have submitted application 741 million AMD less having planned lesser salaries and additional payments. We also cut 36 million regarding energy services, 10 million regarding transportation materials. We have envisaged 5 million AMD for professional services, and particularly for the training of the staff,” he said.
Tarasyan stressed that the sum presented in the budget application will be addressed to the implementation of regulatory issues.
Chairman of the State Legal and Human Rights Protection Committee Gevorg Kostanyan said that the cut of the budget is natural as the president’s authorities are not the same as previously.

 

Budget of Armenian president’s staff will be cut by 61% Budget of Armenian president’s staff will be cut by 61%
/Nov 3/News.am/

YEREVAN. – The budget of Armenian president’s staff will be cut by 61 percent or by 741 million drams, head of staff Emil Tarasyan said during the budget hearings in the Armenian parliament’s standing committees.

The budget of presidential administration will total 1.183 billion drams.

One of the reasons for cutting expenditures is that the Airbus jet that was used by the president will no longer be available for the president as the presidency is now meant to become largely ceremonial according to new Constitution.


Armenia’s state governing agencies to undergo changes
/Nov 3/News.am/

YEREVAN – Atom Janjughazyan, Armenia’s acting finance minister, presenting the draft government budget for 2019 to the National Assembly’s committees, said that the state administration staff will undergo structural changes.
“The state administration staff has always been criticized for being too puffed-up and ineffective,” he said.
Janjughazyan said that the matter will be considered, necessary calculations will be carried out and decisions will be made on each of the state-governing agencies.  
The ratio of the number of managers to that of subordinate officers will be reconsidered as well.
Janjughazyan also said that it is impossible to attract high-qualified specialists to the state-governing agencies because of low salaries here.
“Taking into account the present level of rewards, it is decided to allocate extra money for increasing the financial means of the state administration staff rewards,” he said.
The acting finance minister said that the budget revenue is projected at AMD 1.5 trillion, spending at AMD 1.6 trillion and deficit at around AMD 150 billion.
According to the draft budget, capital spending will grow in 2019 to 3% of GDP from the 2.3% expected in 2018.
Tax revenue in the draft budget for 2019 is projected at AMD 1 trillion 396 billion, and this will allow spending AMD 1 trillion 614 billion with the deficit of 2.2% of GDP or around AMD 150 billion. ($1 – AMD 486.55).


20 billion 697 million AMD will be allocated to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2019
/Nov 3/Arminfo/Ani Mshetsyan/

The office of the Prime Minister of Armenia in 2018 implemented 30 programs approved by the budget. The budget of the Office is 19 billion 686 million AMD. For the first 9 months of this year, the Prime Minister’s Office used 11 billion 321 million drams. This was announced by the Head of the Prime Minister’s Office Eduard Aghajanyan on November 3 during the discussion in the parliament of the draft budget of2019.

According to him, there are certain savings in this area, but this is also due to the availability of grants, most of which are expected at the end of the year.

“For 2019, we have planned 11 programs – 41 events for which 20 billion 697 million AMD are envisaged. In comparison with 2018, 16 programs were reduced, the cost of which was 8.4 billion drams, but 5 programs were added with a budget of 9,7 billion AMD “, Agadzhanyan noted.


Armenia minister: Education funding will be slightly decreased Armenia minister: Education funding will be slightly decreased
/Nov 5/News.am:

YEREVAN. – Government’s expenditure on education will increase by 12 percent in the 2019 budget.

However, according to the forecasts, GDP growth will be higher, and the expenditure on education will be reduced by 0.09 percent, Finance Minister Atom Janjughazyan said.

According to him, it was expected that 2.17% of GDP would be used for education in the 2018 budget, but for next year education expenditures stands at 2.08 percent.


Armenian minister and World Bank team discussed government development policy
/Nov 9/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s Acting Minister of Economic Development and Investments Tigran Khachatryan met November 8 with  a World Bank team, led by Genevieve Boyreau,  World Bank’s Program Leader in the South Caucasus, Europe and Central Asia region, to discuss Armenian government’s development policy for the next period, the ministry’s press service reported.
Khachatryan was said to have presented the government’s approaches regarding improvement of  the competitive environment, which, according to him, is one of the priorities.
He also spoke about a legislative package on cooperation between the state and private sector, noting that work in this direction is in  the final stage. 
The parties discussed, among other things, the work on improving the business environment in Armenia, spoke about the progress of Armenia in the WB Doing Business report, as well as the omissions, the elimination of which will improve the country’s position. 
According to Khachatryan, the improvement of competitive conditions and the elimination of corruption can be a stimulus for the formation of a favorable investment and business environment in the country. The acting minister and the World Bank team also discussed the planned tax reforms, especially in terms of their impact on business.
 

Vache Terteryan: Construction of a landfill for utilization of solid household waste will start in 2019 in the Kotayk region of Armenia
/Nov 7/Arminfo/

In 2019, in the Kotayk region of Armenia, construction of a landfill for utilization of solid household waste will begin. On November 7 at the parliamentary hearings on the draft state budget of Armenia in 2019, Acting First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Vache Terteryan stated.

According to him, as of today, four companies from Iran, Great Britain, Lebanon and Greece have passed the prequalification stage of the tender for choosing a contractor. After studying all the packages, the winner of the tender will be determined, who will be engaged in the construction of the landfill.

At a meeting on June 8, the Armenian government approved a draft decision, according to which the Hrazdan community of the republic’s Kotayk region will be donated land for construction of a solid waste landfill. According to the Acting Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia Suren Papikyan, this decision is based on the obligations assumed by Armenia under the loan agreement concluded with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. According to the agreement, Armenia undertakes to provide a site for the construction of a solid waste landfill in the city of Hrazdan. The landfill will serve the residents of 12 cities of Kotayk and Gegharkunik regions. The total cost of the program is 11 million euros, of which 5.5 million euros is a loan, and the same amount is a grant. Earlier, the Eastern European Partnership Fund for Energy Efficiency and Environment (E5P), managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), provided Armenia with a grant of 2 million euros for the construction of a new solid waste landfill for the Gegharkunik and Kotayk regions of Armenia . The corresponding agreement was signed on June 30, 2016 between E5P and the Ministry of Finance of Armenia. The landfill construction program is the first EBRD project in the field of solid waste management in Armenia, and aims to promote the plans of the Armenian government to modernize the sphere and bring it in line with European standards. The works, in the framework of the program, started in December 2014. The EBRD provided a loan of ? 3.5 million, which, in turn, was supplemented by a grant of ? 3.5 million from the EU’s investment partnership tool. Eight communities will be included in the solid waste management system, of which 7 are in the Kotayk region of Armenia and 1 in Gegharkunik. Already in 2016, the program was expanded with a sovereign loan from the EBRD in the amount of 2 million euros, which allowed the program to include all 7 communities of Kotayk, in particular, Hrazdan, Abovyan, Nor Hachn, Byureghavan, Charentsavan, Yeghvard, Tsakhkadzor, as well as 5 communities Gegharkunik – Sevan, Vardenis, Gavar, Martuni and Chambarak. The E5P grant of 2 million, which will complement the EBRD loan of ? 2 million, will be co-financed by the marshalling yards, the acquisition of trucks for collecting and transporting garbage, trash cans and other equipment and inventory. As a result, the total budget of the program will be 11 million euros.

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