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Revised comments on the draft law on the law of the RA

On March 3, 2020 the draft law of the Republic of Armenia "On Confiscation of Property of Illegal Origin" was included in the agenda of the regular sittings of the fourth session of the 7th National Assembly of the RA. The draft provides for the introduction of the institute of confiscation of property without sentencing in a criminal case, which in international practice is an exceptional means of combating particularly dangerous crimes. Despite the fact that from the state’s point of view confiscation of property of illegal origin, by means of civil proceedings, is an effective and simple way to combat crime, this institute contains the risk of abuse and serious violations of fundamental human rights. This is due to the fact that in international practice, as a rule, the confiscation is applied in cases where criminal prosecution is impossible due to a person’s death or circumstances caused by a person’s guilt that justify and make such extremely serious interference with human rights and guarantees of criminal proceedings proportional. This analysis presents a revised version of the opinion on the package of draft laws presented by the Ministry of Justice published by the “Luys” foundation on October 14, 2019. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


The social-economic developments in the economy of the RA in January 2020

In the present analysis, given the data published by the Statistical Committee of the RA, we study the recent social-economic developments in the economy of the RA. In particular, we consider the cumulative indicator of economic activity of the given month, its sectoral distribution, as well as the dynamics of individual sectors of the economy. We also analyze economic developments in the foreign trade, labour market and fiscal system of the RA. In addition, some aspects of the financial system (inflation, deposits and loans), as well as the behaviour of the exchange rate, are touched upon. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


The results of the

The purpose of this analysis is to identify whether the recorded economic growth in 2019 is enough to consider the “economic revolution” successful. Armenia's economic growth in 2019 was 7.6 percent. Is this a "revolutionary" indicator?Armenia's economic growth in 2019 is higher than in previous years, but even ignoring the high economic growth during pre-crisis (2001-2007) period, we can mention that in 2012 and 2017 the economic growth was almost as high as in 2019: 7.2% and 7.5% respectively. It turns out, that "economic revolution" means only 0.1 or 0.4 percentage points acceleration of economic growth. Otherwise, we can argue that there has been at least twice "revolutionary" economic growth in the past several years.

  


Corruption Perceptions Index in the RA

The study of indicators and indices published by international organizations allows to address two important problems. First, to assess the performance of the RA in the given period with the help of comprehensive numerical measures, as well as to make intertemporal comparisons in order to understand whether the country moves in the desirable direction. Second, to compare the performance of the RA with other countries to ascertain Armenia’s relative position in the region and Eurasian Economic Union. These results are important, since they help to derive the comprehensive assessment of the economic situation, which is needed both for the public and the private sector. The present analysis is aimed at addressing the foregoing problems. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index in the RA

The study of indicators and indices published by international organizations allows to address two important problems. First, to assess the performance of the RA in the given period with the help of comprehensive numerical measures, as well as to make intertemporal comparisons in order to understand whether the country moves in the desirable direction. Second, to compare the performance of the RA with other countries to ascertain Armenia’s relative position in the region and Eurasian Economic Union. These results are important, since they help to derive the comprehensive assessment of the economic situation, which is needed both for the public and the private sector. The present analysis is aimed at addressing the foregoing problems. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


The social-economic developments in the economy of the RA for January-December 2019

In the present analysis, given the data published by the Statistical Committee of the RA, we study the recent social-economic developments in the economy of the RA. In particular, we consider the cumulative indicator of economic activity of the given month, its sectoral distribution, as well as the dynamics of individual sectors of the economy. We also analyze economic developments in the foreign trade, labour market and fiscal system of the RA. In addition, some aspects of the financial system (inflation, deposits and loans), as well as the behaviour of the exchange rate, are touched upon. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


Global Gender Gap Index in the RA

The study of indicators and indices published by international organizations allows to address two important problems. First, to assess the performance of the RA in the given period with the help of comprehensive numerical measures, as well as to make intertemporal comparisons in order to understand whether the country moves in the desirable direction. Second, to compare the performance of the RA with other countries to ascertain Armenia’s relative position in the region and Eurasian Economic Union. These results are important, since they help to derive the comprehensive assessment of the economic situation, which is needed both for the public and the private sector. The present analysis is aimed at addressing the foregoing problems. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


Armenian Security Agenda in the Context of Events between the USA and Iran

Recent developments around the US-Iran conflict have been in the focus of expert community around the world, and from this point of view Armenia cannot be an exception. Given the geographical location of Armenia and Artsakh, the geopolitical situation in the region, any escalation of the US-Iran conflict carries great risks for Armenian states. In this regard, the Luys Foundation organized a discussion on January 17, during which the invited experts discussed the security agenda of the Republic of Armenia in the context of recent developments around the US-Iran conflict.

The experts invited to the discussion, Suren Sargsyan, Director of the Armenian Center for American Studies and Artiom Tonoyan, Lecturer, Department of Iranian Studies, YSU, presented their analyzes and views on the current stage of the US-Iran conflict. Experts also talked about how the current situation can affect the internal political processes of the conflicting parties, what the Armenian side should do in this situation, and presented possible scenarios for the development of the conflict. This analytical article is based on the abovementioned discussion. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


Energy Transition Index in the RA (2018-2019)

The study of indicators and indices published by international organizations allows to address two important problems. First, to assess the performance of the RA in the given period with the help of comprehensive numerical measures, as well as to make intertemporal comparisons in order to understand whether the country moves in the desirable direction. Second, to compare the performance of the RA with other countries to ascertain Armenia’s relative position in the region and Eurasian Economic Union. These results are important, since they help to derive the comprehensive assessment of the economic situation, which is needed both for the public and the private sector. The present analysis is aimed at addressing the foregoing problems. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


Reference on the budget of Yerevan of 2020

The budget of Yerevan sets the priorities of the economy of the city for the upcoming year. In the budget the planned level of revenues, as well as its structure is presented. In addition, the planned level of expenditures and its distribution by functional and economic classifications are determined. The forecasting of revenues and expenditures is followed by the planning of the budget deficit and the sources of financing it. Given the importance of this document and the programs embedded there, the present analysis aims to assess whether the budget of Yerevan and its structure are consistent with the problems confronting the city. Full material is only available in Armenian.

  


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