“Aravot” says it should now be clear to everyone that Armenian political leaders “think very little about issues regarding which they make judgments.” The paper says that their easy solutions to economic challenges facing the country are a case in point. One reason for that, it says, is a lack of a pool of experts advising politicians on economic and other issues. “As long as the intellectual level of politicians and analysts remains so low, as long as they all await a patriotic and caring government, it will be hard to expect a result different from the one which we have right now,” concludes the paper.
“Zhamanak” reports that President Serzh Sarkisian has received from India’s Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari an official invitation to visit India this year. The paper says that Armenia has gained little in the form of foreign investment from numerous trips abroad which Sarkisian has made during his nine-year presidency. “The problem is that the steps which Serzh Sarkisian had to take to effect tangible changes in Armenia lay within the country, not abroad,” it says. It claims that Sarkisian has used his foreign trips to “escape” from those reforms.
“Zhoghovurd” comments on an outcry caused by Azerbaijani apples that have been spotted in several shops in Yerevan. The paper notes that Armenian law does not ban imports of any products from Azerbaijan or Turkey. “On the other hand, we understand concerns that a country with which we are locked in a conflict might have deliberately sent poisoned products here,” it says, adding that relevant state bodies must address these concerns. They are obliged to verify the safety of foodstuffs and other goods imported to the country.
“The main problem in Armenia is human resources,” writes “Hraparak.” The paper says that the country must urgently educate and train new skilled personnel for all areas.