President Tells Customs Officials to End Corruption

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–In meeting with Armenia’s Customs Department Thursday, President Serzh Sarkisian urged the department to end rampant corruption, which hampers economic development in the country.
Earlier this week, Sarkisian fired the Customs chief under the previous administration Armen Avetisyan and appointed his deputy Gagik Khachatryan to temporarily fill that position.
Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and the President’s Chief of Staff Armen Gevorgyan also attended the meeting.
"In our country, the only way to solve social issues in through revenues generated from taxes and customs. Therefore, we must move along the path of internal cleansing and raise the level of the services provided. The customs system should contribute to the development of business and improvement of the business environment,” said the president.
“We all must live in a normal country, where it will be possible to do business without any obstacles. All studies show that first of all, the small and medium-sized businesses face problems. No big entrepreneur in Armenia has problems, especially connected with the custom system. We must get the hint. No one should be privileged. Equal conditions must be created for everyone. This is your primary task," Sarkisian told the Customs Department.


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