More than 300 thousand beneficiaries in Armenia will be able to take advantage of government assistance programs

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YEREVAN, April 14. /ARKA/. More than 300 thousand beneficiaries in Armenia will be able to take advantage of government assistance programs, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Monday during an emergency meeting of the government.

The government of Armenia approved eleven programs to counteract the economic consequences of coronavirus. Six of them call for assistance to business entities (agriculture, tourism, SMEs, microbusiness and other industries); five call for social support to various groups of the population.

Pashinyan said today that tens of thousands of citizens have already taken advantage of the programs, which, however, have been designed for several hundred thousand. He explained that the programs are coming into effect gradually and many eligible citizens are not aware of them yet.

Pashinyan also emphasized that the authorities are encouraging legal entities that previously had no overdue tax liabilities. ‘This does not mean that others will not be able to take advantage of state support, it will simply manifest itself differently,’ he said.

For example, according to him, those trade outlets whose trade turnover was not affected will not get as much of assistance as those whose turnover dropped to 0.1%.

Armenia declared a 30-day state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus on March 16. Later, it imposed stringent restrictions on the movement of citizens and banned also some types of economic activity. On April 13, the government decided to extend the state of emergency for another month – until May 14 inclusive and lifted also the ban on some businesses.

As of April 13, 1039 confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded in Armenia. Some 211 people recovered and 14 patients died. ($1 – 491.18 drams).

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