New socioeconomic assistance programs discussed in Government
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Chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the Government continues discussing steps to deal with the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.
The Premier was first briefed on the interim results of the ongoing 12 activities. Positive dynamics can be seen in all programs: applications continue to be processed, economic and social assistance is provided on the basis of approved applications, beneficiary databases are being digitized.
The Prime Minister instructed the responsible officials to keep in focus the whole process, including digitization, bearing in mind that the digital agenda is among the Government’s priorities.
New ideas for socioeconomic support were presented during the exchange of views that followed. It was proposed to include the individuals engaged in a number of other sectors in the list of Program 8 beneficiaries. The possibility of providing some assistance to those households featuring on the list of family benefits was discussed. Prime Minister Pashinyan instructed those responsible to amend the proposals and submit them for approval.
The use of new business incentives was discussed in the context of economic assistance activities. Reference was made to the need for improving tax administration. Nikol Pashinyan pointed out that the matter should be viewed from the perspective of institutional regulations and strategic implications, with due consideration made of tax discipline.
The Premier told the heads of the departments representing the financial and economic bloc to jointly discuss and submit a finalized and mutually agreed version.
Reference was made to public-private sector partnership-fostered infrastructure programs aimed at upholding the economic growth dynamics.