Armenia: pizza makers eager to enter market

Papa John’s Pizza, Baskin Robbins and Domino’s Pizza are eager to enter the Armenian market, according to a press release from the U.S. embassy in Armenia. The Embassy and the U.S. Commercial Service in Moscow, in partnership with IDBank, organized a one-day conference focused on franchise business opportunities. The event is part of an ongoing…

Armenia: nuclear energy production to grow

Armenia’s nuclear energy production will grow by 10% under the service life extension and modernization program of the second power unit of the nuclear plant, minister of energy infrastructure and natural resources Ashot Manukyan declared on March 21. According to him, the capacity factors of electricity production are currently equally distributed in Armenia. “Nuclear energy,…

Armenia: government debt down in February 2018

Armenia’s government debt decreased by 0.6% in February, official data reveals. According to information provided by the finance ministry, the country’s debt totaled $6.898 billion in January and dropped to $6.851 billion the next month. The foreign debt is down by 0.2% in the reporting period, decreasing from $4.963 billion in January to $4.950 in…

Armenia: basturma and sujuk produced of ostrich meat

Ostrich breeding is developing in Armenia, with a farm in the country’s Armavir province currently producing and selling basturma, sujuk and other products of ostrich meat. Minister of agriculture Ignati Arakelyan visited the province where non-traditional agriculture was gathering pace. The ostrich farm, in particular, was established in 2008 while the birds were imported from…

Armenia: trade turnover with Switzerland up in 2017

Trade turnover between Armenia and Switzerland grew 3.6-fold in 2017, Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan said at a meeting with Dominique de Buman, President of the National Council of the Swiss Confederation. “We should consistently build on our achievements in bilateral economic ties,” the PM said. “We are confident that Armenia may attract Swiss capital,…

Belarus: trade with Armenia to increase

Belarus and Armenia have a big potential to increase mutual trade, Belarus’ Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said at a one-on-one meeting with his Armenian counterpart Karen Karapetyan. According to Karen Karapetyan, last year the two countries increased trade by 20%. However, the two states can do much more. “There are more opportunities for trade growth.…

Armenia: brandy production up in 2017

Brandy production in Armenia grew by 39.4% YoY in 2017, the National Statistical Service reveals. 30 million tons of brandy were produced in the reporting period against the 21.5 million tons made in 2016. Volumes of wine, champagne and beer production grew in 2017 by 30%, 10% and 21% respectively. Vodka production, meanwhile, declined by…

Armenia: energy exports to grow

The role of Armenia as an energy corridor between Iran and Georgia will grow, tripling the potential of exporting electricity, minister of energy infrastructures and natural resources Ashot Manukyan said. According to the minister, three solar stations have been put to operation in Armenia in 2017, and a total of 128 solar photovoltaic stations have…

Tajikistan: president gets acquainted with Armenia’s innovative development

During his two-day official visit to Armenia, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has got acquainted with its innovative development. Tajik leader visited Technology and Science Dynamics LLC (TSD) in Yerevan. Rahmon reportedly got acquainted with TSD achievements in the field of information and communications technologies. Technology and Science Dynamics is a research and development corporation established…

Armenia to boost exports in 2022

The Armenian government says “it is realistic” to secure a $200-million growth in exports in 2017, eyeing a further $450 million hike next year. Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan held consultations at the Ministry of economic development and investments. According to preliminary estimates, exports will grow from some $1.8 billion in 2016 to around $2.5 billion…

Armenia: Ameriabank retains absolute leadership in banking sector

Ameriabank retains absolute leadership in the banking sector of Armenia by all key financial indicators i.e. assets, liabilities to clients, total capital, loan book and net profit, based on 2016 results.

Furthermore, the bank has reported strong performance in retail banking. (PanArmenian/Business World Magazine)

Armenia: exports up in January 2017

Armenia’s exports amounted to $124.4 million in January, up by a total of 35.4% against the same period last year. As the National Statistical Service reports, Russia-bound exports surged by 80%, while those to the EU countries and Iraq increased by 21.5% and 24.4% respectively. Exports to the United Arab Emirates grew 6-fold, totaling some…

Armenia: Russian gas supply down in 2016

Russian gas supply to Armenia decreased from 1.92 billion cubic meters in 2015 to 1.87 billion cubic meters in 2016, materials prepared for the meeting of Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev revealed. 2.6% less gas has thus been shipped from Russia to Armenia. According to the Cabinet materials, the…

Armenia: Fitch rates Yerevan “B+”

Fitch Ratings has assigned Armenian capital city of Yerevan Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of “B+” and a Short-Term Foreign Currency IDR of “B”. The Outlooks on the Long-Term IDRs are Stable. The ratings reflect Yerevan’s status as Armenia’s capital, satisfactory budgetary performance, supported by steady transfers from the central government,…