Ashot Yeghiazaryan is an associate fellow at the AIISA.
|2015 Until Now||Associate fellow at the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs—AIISA|
|1998 Until Now||Lecturer, State Economics University of Armenia|
|2007 2012||Expert, National Assembly (Parliament) of Republic of Armenia|
|2009 2009||The College of International and Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany|
|2005 2008||Research Fellow in Politics and Regional Economy, Institute of Political Research after the Administration of President of RA|
|2005 2005||Expert, UNDP|
|2002 2005||Director, Corporate Governance Center|
|2001 2002||Audit LTD, auditor|
|2000 2001||Head of department, Ministry of State Property Management|
|2000 2000||Head of department, Republic of Armenia’s Inspectorate of Securities Market|
|1998 1999||Head of department, Securities and Exchange Inspectorate, Ministry of Finance and Economy|
|1998 1998||Japan Center for International Finance, Japan Course: “Banking and Securities Business”|
|1998 1998||EDI Workshop / CEEPN Academy, Macedonia Securities Market Development|
|1996 1998||Ministry of Finance and Economy, spesialist, chief spesialist|
|1992 1996||Post-Graduate School, Yerevan State Institute of Economics|
|1989 1994||Economist at industrial enterprises|
|1983 1989||Yerevan State Institute of Economics, Diploma of Economist|
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North-South and Persian Gulf-Black Sea Transport Corridors: Iranian Perspectives for Development
If succeeded that project will make Armenia and Georgia crucial transit areas and will contribute to the growth of their economy. For Armenia it means also end of Turkey-Azerbaijan blockade.December 2016
EU Energy Policy within Eastern Partnership (EaP)
On account of interests of these European leading states in the South Caucasus new situation may boost Armenia’s integration into European energy space.October 2016
Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)
Today’s Russia considers post-Soviet countries exclusively in the zone of its interests and influence. Economic expansion of Western countries and China in the region are scoped by Russia as a threat to its security.May 2015
Foundation and Collapse of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)
But the Ukraine has chosen the way of integration with the EU: Moldova and Georgia also signed an Association Agreement with the EU. As a result, even the free trade regime has been put under doubt in the CIS area.May 2015
Silk Road: How Will Armenia Benefit? "Lragir"
There are problems for Armenia but the implementation of these projects means that the geopolitical and economic arrangements in the region will change. And the sooner Armenia becomes an active participant in these projects, the more it will benefit.May 2017
Issue's More Serious Than They're Presenting to Us: "Lragir"
This is not valid for the modern economy. It is necessary to have competitive products to place on the market and only then will investments be feasible and realistic.April 2017
Moldova isn’t a contestant “bridge” to Armenia: "168 hours"
Observer status isn’t serious and there will be no U-turn to EAEU. Just the contrary, president’s demonstrative behavior probably will find its assessment by the parliament of Moldova. And by that Russia attempts to provide external legitimacy for EAEU in the world, at least in form of memorandums, observers.April 2017
While ‘Yelq’ expects EEU collision, will Moscow impose concessions on Artsakh issue on RA? "Aravot"
Any suggestion of the regulation on Artsakh issue coming from Moscow means to force RA to make concessions. Concessions are unrealizable, they mean Artsakh surrender. After parliamentary elections RA came out with a more non-sovereign status, therefore an attempt will be made to extort concessions.June 2017
RF will consider RA-EU agreement as a threat: "Aravot"
Our situation will worsen if we leave EEU, and remaining in EEU we do not have sovereignty. Whereas if political forces having passed into the parliament suggested to leave EEU it would be possible without quakes.April 2017
Economic issues in the pre-election programs: New solutions or old approaches? "Media Center"
Economy of our country has really lost growth resources. The point is that after the collapse of the Soviet Union Armenia failed to integrate into international markets to be capable of having competitive economy.March 2017
Political parties make populists statements in pre-election platforms: "Tert"
They do not raise the key challenge - Armenia’s isolation and the absence of allies - which is behind all the problems. Unless this is overcome, any platform will be but an empty-worded promise.March 2017
Visions for economy development: Populism or realism?: "168 hours"
Also our economy should have had a branch structure able to provide new. We have consumed growth reserves, and that growth is only possible with the EU space, as that development zone has that developed branch structure. That zone, called EEU, doesn’t have that structure, we have nothing to do here, and we have nothing to propose, nor they have anything to propose besides some energy resources, and they always use it against us as leverage.March 2017
Can You Imagine Military Depending on One Source of Imports of Fuel? "Lragir"
This situation was expected because Russia is trying to strengthen its monopoly on imports of carbohydrates and liquid fuel to Armenia.March 2017
EEU customs code is suicide for Armenia: "A1+"
I think that new document is very close to the contents of the association agreement. In summer within the frames of the EEU adoption of the customs code is planned and if Armenia signs it, it will be suicide. It also implies contradictions with the ITO, and the signing of the framework agreement with the EU will strengthen Armenia’s sovereignty.March 2017
RA-EU new framework agreement may not be signed: "Aravot"
This document is ahead of the previous documents, this will enable Armenia to strengthen its sovereignty as well as the security and most importantly is the sectoral cooperation.March 2017
Armenia-Diaspora: One nation without a common vision: "168 hours"
Armenia should come to international platform, it should have such allies, it should comprise a part of such economic space, that will provide diversification, economy branches, which will automatically create workplaces. Armenia should be able to acquire political allies by that, with the help of which it can raise the level of sovereignty.February 2017
This means cheating electorates: "Aravot"
If there is no political program, how they must restore the sovereignty, discuss issues that are typical to sovereign states, in other words, measuring the effectiveness of the programs driven from this becomes an idle talk.February 2017
Armenia needs developed infrastructures to boost tourism: "Tert"
Tourism has different trends, and every country has its comparative advantages. Development can help tourism secure considerable profit.January 2017
Armenia is again aggrieved party in Georgia, Gazprom agreement: "News"
Armenia again appeared in the role of the aggrieved party, since Gazprom oversees the gas transport system of the country. And at this point, the Armenian side did not present a clear position, even on this matter.January 2017
Armenia could benefit from Georgia port construction project: "Tert"
Georgia is prepared for construction of the largest cargo port in the Black Sea, which will form part of a new Silk Road between China and Europe.January 2017
Russia hinders development of Armenian-Iranian relations: "News"
Iran has serious future ambitions in our region, which stem from Armenia's interests, but Armenia undermines them serving Moscow's interests.January 2017
In 2017, new Armenian Government should think whether it wouldn’t be better to join West: "News"
Russia doesn’t allow our economy to develop in the conditions of free competition, whereas Europe does give this opportunity.December 2016
Problems are Unsolvable: New challenges are awaiting Amenia: "Lragir"
Armenia is talking about fighting monopolies, corruption and shadow but it is known that one cannot fight such phenomena while being part of the EAEU.November 2016
EEU benefits mere propaganda: "Tert"
It was originally clear that, as an economic project, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), had no potential for integration and is incapable of ensuring economic progress in the states in relations with it.November 2016
Armenian industrial growth connection to any indicators like copper prices or Russian economy rehabilitation is a mistake: "Arminfo"
Of self-isolation, that Armenia has adopted due to being the sublimate of Russian political interests in area, and to sign an appropriate Framework with EC as soon as possible.November 2016
If a small country like Armenia won’t be able to overcome international isolation, development is impossible: “168 Hours”
On the whole, we may say that the action plan doesn’t comply with new geopolitical realities.October 2016
Does Russia attempt to silence Armenia? - "168.am"
Both the statement by Russian president Vladimir Putin on 10% GDP growth and this statement by Glazev maybe have an intention to show that EEU had a beneficial influence on Armenia and it can’t reason that it records failure, appeared at a deadlock and is urged to make a choice and sign the framework agreement with the EU.October 2016
As long as Armenia is a part of Russian political, economic and military space, economy diversification is impossible: "168.am"
In case of implementation of systemic actions, of course, we may touch upon diversification, which will be a powerful impetus for the U.S. and generally, for foreign investors.October 2016
Economy: Armenia’s internal issues have to do with outside environment: "News"
Our country has made commitments in the framework of the EAEU, basically isolating itself from both the global economy and regional developments.October 2016
Ashot Yeghiazaryan considers the creation of a single payment card system hardly feasible: "Tert"
This, in my opinion, is more demonstrative, formal and unfeasible initiative within the EaEU because there are no required grounds and preconditions for it.October 2016
We do not deal with monopolies in Armenia in a classical sense: "Aravot"
It would be possible if Armenia were a part of a greater economic space, I mean the EU’s common economic area, and were able to develop the export-oriented economic model, in that case, we would have numerous exporters who would compete in a big economic field, would be considered productive companies, and all this would bring diversity in Armenia’s economic environment.September 2016
Gas prices may rise because of the sanctions against Russia: "Aravot"
The sanctions mean that “Gazprom” has been squeezed out from the appropriate technological progress and over the time, it may negatively affect, also in terms of the price because new technologies assume both quality and also dropping of price to some extent, while we can be squeezed out from this process.September 2016
3 Years in EEU: Dr. Yeghiazaryan's Press Conference in "Post Scriptum" Press Club
The fact that Armenia was expected to be a bridge between the EEU and the EU does not stand any criticism at all. Russia undermines and burns Armenia’s bridges with the rest of countries. Armenia’s sovereignty will be restored the day it leaves the EEU and the CSTO.September 2016
Risk: Why Has Capital Flow Increased?-"Lragir"
There is a risky situation. Sanctions are applied against Russia, it is not an attractive country, the loop is tightening, a new wave of sanctions is awaiting Russia. Armenia is an economic area attached to Russia, and the same risks cover Armenia. In this situation, investing in Armenia means investing in the area of Russia’s influence.October 2016
Russia undermining Armenia-economist: "Tert"
Possibilities of exporting goods from Armenia to Russia are limited: "News.am"
The economic conditions created in Armenia today, don’t allow our country to have compatible goods, as well as improve and diversify its export.August 2016
What was the message behind Putin’s announcement on Armenia's 10% GDP growth? - "News.am"
Armenia has joined the EAEU since 2 January 2015. Even if we suppose that the economic indices of 2016 have also been considered, there is no 10 percent growth. According to the last year data of the National Statistical Service (NSS), the economic growth made up 3 percent.August 2016
Putin's statement on Armenia’s GDP growth sophistical - "Tert"
Missing the chance of the [EU] Association Agreement, Armenia gave preference to the EEU, whereas Georgia, for instance, chose a different path, which secures both development and a sustainable GDP growth.August 2016
Dr. Eghiazaryan's press conference at Postscriptum press club
Geopolitically, the perspective markets for Armenia are in the Middle East and Europe rather than Russia. Hence, Armenia’s transport routes must be integrated into those territories. Armenia has seen very little changes, whereas the changes in the neighboring states have been considerable.July 2016
Armenia sustaining losses due to oil price decline - Ashot Yeghiazaryan
The natural gas prices are down throughout the world. But since we are importing from Russia, which is holding a monopoly in Armenia, we have to buy at a high price. We cannot import gas and oil products from other countries. So we are sustaining losses.January 2016
Eurasian Union's effectiveness depends on oil prices
Of course, the EEU will keep facing the negative trends stemming from the sanctions against Russia. Armenia must try to overcome those problems by ridding itself of the commitments within the EEU and minimizing the dependence on the Russian market. Armenia must demonstrate a political will to deepen the economic cooperation with the EU through the negotiations which are already under way.January 2016
Economist predicts ‘steady deterioration’ of Armenian economy
In order to overcome the current crisis, Mr Yeghiazaryan suggests deepening Armenia’s relations with the European Union. There is no alternative. We seem to have forgotten what the European Union offered us – a grant in the amount of 4.5 billion Euros, sustainable development in some areas and many other things. However, we refused it and chose to join the Eurasian Economic Union.December 2015
AIISA Expert: Russia is weakening, Armenia can strengthen relations with the EU
Turkey becomes more controllable and manageable by the West, and Russia continues weakening economically and it means that Armenia can strengthen the economic relations with the EU.December 2015
Russia-Turkey tension not in Armenia’s interests
If we have in mind that a problematic issue for Armenian manufacturers is the high electric power and gas pricesm which raises the products’ price cost, the Armenian products lose their competitive advantages on the Russian market. So there aren’t any grounds for relying on Armenia’s advantage from the tension in the Russia-Turkey relations.December 2015
Only in One Case Is a Positive Situation Possible
Only in one case is a positive situation possible – if the general geoeconomic and geopolitical situation in Armenia changes, and new processes take place which will get Armenia out of this bloc which has no potential and no future.December 2015
Armenia sustaining losses due to oil price decline - Ashot YeghiazaryanThe natural gas prices are down throughout the world. But since we are importing from Russia, which is holding a monopoly in Armenia, we have to buy at a high price., January 2016
Ruble depreciation and situation in Armenia – opinionsSpecifically, money remittances have decreased by about one billion, and we can see a certain balance now., December 2015
Russian sanctions on Turkish products of no benefit to Armenian exportersBeverages, particularly cognac, constitute greater part of Armenia’s exports to Russia. It did not compete with Turkish products because it filled a special niche on the market. , December 2015
Let's be frank, how will you implement your promises, misters? Ashot Yeghiazaryan on importance of fight against corruption in the bloc program