Social Polarization in Armenia Reaches Dangerous Peak

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Social polarization has reached a dangerous peak in Armenia. This viewpoint was expressed by Haroutiunian Marzpanian in his National Report on Consumption in Armenia. The report was prepared within the framework of the UN global human development program.

According to the report–the transition period in Armenia conditioned by geopolitical–social-economic–military and other factors–had an extremely negative impact on sustainable human development. Marzpanian said that no more than 20 percent of the population are well-provided people in Armenia.

Other sources suggest that only about 5 percent of such people are in the republic. The poor make up 55 percent of the population–with half of them being very poor. According to Marzpanian–there is almost no middle class–the class that ensures sustainable development.

Currently–a growth in living standards has been observed in Armenia. In most cases–income sources are not reported.

The report also covers consumption problems from the point of view of influence on natural resources–reforms in educational and medical sectors and social policy being pursued in Armenia.

The presentation of the report was attended by coordinator of the UN Office in Armenia Katica Cekalovic–Minister of Statistics–State Register and Analysis Stepan Mnatsakanian–and representatives of public organizations.

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