Information Technologies & high Tech


Armenia-based mobile and internet operators pay less taxes in 2018 than in 2017
/Feb 14 ARKA/

YEREVAN – Four Armenia-based mobile and internet operators -VivaCell-MTS, Veon Armenia, Ucom and Rostelecom- paid a total of 20.9 billion drams in taxes in 2018, down from 24.7 billion drams they had paid in 2017, according to figures, released by the State Revenue Committee (SRC). The drop amounted to 15.3%, it said.
The SRC said VivaCell-MTS, Veon Armenia, Ucom and Rostelecom paid 20.7 billion drams in taxes and about 198.7 million drams in customs duties. More specifically, they paid 4.4 billion drams as income taxes, 5 billion drams as payroll taxes, and 10.9 billion drams as VAT and 467.3 million drams as other duties.
VivaCell-MTS paid 8.8 billion drams (13th place in the list of 1000 largest corporate taxpayers in 2018), by 3.3% less than in 2017. Ucom’s taxes increased by 2.4% from the previous year to 6.1 billion drams (21st place). Veon Armenia (trading as Beeline in Armenia) paid 4.6 billion drams (34th place), by 46.3% less than in 2017.
GNC Alfa (trading as Rostelecom in Armenia) paid 1.2 billion drams (128th place), up from 880.8 million drams in 2017.
Overall, the largest 1000 taxpayers paid more than 926.7 billion drams in various taxes last year, by 14.7% or 119.3 billion drams more than in 2017.
Veon Armenia CJSC is part of Veon Group of Companies, which is one of the world's largest integrated telecom operators. 
Ucom (Universal Communications) was founded in 2007. It provides high-speed, symmetrical Internet, IP television, digital telephony.
VivaCell-MTS (MTS Armenia CJSC) has been operating in Armenia since 2005. Eighty percent of the company is owned by Russian Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) and the remaining 20% belong to the Lebanese Fattouch Group investment company.
The Armenian subsidiary of Rostelecom, CJSC GNC-ALFA, has been promoting and selling communication services in Armenia under Rostelecom brand since December 2012. ($ 1 – 488.85 drams).

President: I have a mission to turn Armenia into a world science and technology center
/Feb 15/Arminfo/By Tatevik Shahunyan/

Armenia is at the crossroads of civilizations, where different cultures, religions, interests intersect. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian stated this corrspeaking at the University of Heidelberg.

 According to him, Armenia plays an important role in the new world.  

French enterprises eye Armenia, supercomputer center under discussion
/Feb 15/

YEREVAN – Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Avinyan held a meeting on February 14 with Gaelle Assayag, head of the Southern Caucus office of the French Development Agency.

Ambassador of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacote was also in attendance, Avinyan’s office said.

Avinyan noted that the economic cooperation between Armenia and France continues to deepen and expand and the French Development Agency’s work in Armenia is additionally boosting mutually beneficial partnership. Assayag said the agency is ready to support the Armenian government in realizing its development goals.

The Deputy PM noted that the inclusive growth model is the basis of the government’s action plan, which implies also the distribution of additional resources for the development of infrastructures, education and healthcare, which will enable to achieve huge progress in the long-term perspective.

The sides pointed out the development of governance system capacity, infrastructures, agriculture, energy efficiency, tourism and urban development as important fields of bilateral cooperation.

The construction of the Vedi reservoir was discussed. It is being built by a 75 million Euro loan provided by the French Development Agency and co-financing of the government.

A 10 million Euro worth grant program on developing irrigation agriculture in Ararat and Armavir was also discussed. The project is under discussion between the agency and the government.

 The French Ambassador said that recently French companies have increased interest for Armenia, particularly executives of Dassault Systèmes and THALES are expected to pay a visit to the country.

Scientific and academic cooperation was also discussed, namely issues related to constructing a new building of the French University of Armenia, further development of the French School, and creating a supercomputer center in cooperation of the Armenian Academy of Sciences and several universities of Toulouse.

Video about how to send email application to government
/Feb 18/

The Government submits the electronic application procedure.