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Conversations on Groong:
Aleksandr Khachaturyan on the 2021
June 18, 2021
and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong. In this Conversations
on Groong episode, we’ll be talking about the Armenian parliamentary
elections coming up on June 20th.
episode was recorded on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
on the 2021 Armenian Elections
Different political forces have coalesced and are geared up to
participate in what could be the most competitive elections in Armenia’s recent
25 year history.
We’re interviewing representatives of the various contending parties in
the elections to discuss and understand not only their strategy in the
elections, but also how they plan to meet the immediate challenges facing
Armenia in the post-war period.
Today we’re talking
with the Hayastan Dashinq
alliance, and we are joined by:
Aleksandr Khachaturyan who is a Managing Partner at TK & Partners,
in Yerevan. In 2016 he served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of the
Republic of Armenia, Karen Karapetyan, and was CEO
of the Center for Strategic Initiatives, advising the government on key
economic and public administration reforms and strategies. He serves as a
board member at ID Bank and various non-profits, and lectures on corporate
finance law at the French University of Armenia (FUA). He holds law degrees
from Boston University, FUA, and Jean Moulin Lyon 3.
the war ended an opposition came together that demanded Nikol
Pashinyan’s resignation. Soon the group of 17 or
sometimes 16 parties became known as the Homeland Salvation Movement, headed by
Vazgen Manukyan. After months of protesting, they
were not successful in forcing Pashinyan’s
resignation, however the Homeland Salvation Movement takes credit for forcing
the Pashinyan administration to agree to snap elections.
of the members of the HSM are now running in the elections separately,
including the ARF which joined forces with the Reviving Armenia party to form
the Hayastan Dashink (Armenia Alliance) and our guest
is a core member of the team and on the list of parliamentary candidates the
- Can you briefly discuss the top 5
priorities of Hayastan Dashinq’s platform; your
plan to put Armenia back on its feet?
- How do you assess the state of our economy?
- What are the strengths and the
- Your opponents in this campaign claim
that one of their economic successes was the increase of the national
budget by $1B in 2019. They claim that if it weren’t for COVID-19 and the
war, Armenia’s economy would be in a terrific shape. How would you respond
to these claims?
- What is Hayastan Dashinq’s
economic plan and can you describe it at a high level for us?
- Everybody talks about reforming the
Armenian armed forces. What’s
your assessment of our armed forces?
- What are its strengths? Its weaknesses?
How will you address them?
- Vache Gabrielyan,
former Deputy PM, argues that in order to meet future security
challenges, Armenia needs to increase its defense spending to 35% of the
budget from the current 16%. What do you think about his suggestion and
how can we build an economy that can sustain such a heavy load?
- Are you satisfied with the level of Armenia-Diaspora relations? How
would you change things? What’s your vision for where these relations
- Many Armenians in the diaspora want to
invest money in Armenia but don’t know where to start and don’t
necessarily want to start their own business. Where can a diasporan not donate, but for example invest a $100
month out of their salary, to help Armenia but at the same time expect
- Armenians frequently take pride in
Armenia’s IT sector. There are several companies that got their start in
Armenia, such as PicsArt that made it big
internationally. At the same time, we’ve seen some large foreign companies
open up outsourcing branches in Armenia. How
would you assess the state of Armenia’s high-tech industry? Is there
sufficient innovation and capacity for growth to really meet our future
challenges, whether it is to be the power-house
of economic growth or to fuel innovations in defense technology, or in
renewable energies that could lead Armenia towards energy independence.
What changes are needed in this area and does Hayastan Dashinq’s
platform enable these changes?
- Do you foresee the border with Turkey
opening any time in the near future?
concludes this Conversations On Groong episode.
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