“We believe that the consistent implementation of the agenda to open a peaceful development era for Armenia, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and the region, are important for the development of a security system. We see this through overcoming the hostile atmosphere in our region, resuming the negotiation process for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship and unblocking the regional economic and transportation infrastructures,” Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during the discussion of the draft law on the state budget for 2022.
The Prime Minister stressed that unblocking the economic and transport infrastructure of the region can qualitatively change the content and structure, and become an additional stimulus for the internal infrastructure of Armenia, ensure long-term inclusive economic growth, creating equal conditions for Armenian citizens to engage in economic activity, significantly increase the attractiveness of our economy for foreign and local investors.
The Prime Minister informed that in parallel with the regional infrastructure developments, 32% more money will be spent on the development of Armenia's infrastructure in 2022 than in 2021, bringing the expenses to be made in this direction to more than AMD 278 billion (about $580 million).
“It is planned to restore and repair 500 km of roads, to design and build reservoirs of different sizes, which should increase the volume and quality of water supply,” said Nikol Pashinyan, noting that the tenders for the Sisian-Kajaran and Kajaran-Agarak sections of the North-South highway will be launched aiming to start the construction of two sections next year.
Attention will be paid to improving the quality of drinking water.
“The volume of work carried out to improve the quality of drinking water will increase by 35%, reaching AMD 11.5 billion (about $24 million),” Pashinyan said.