Not wanting to be the “messenger of bad news” or bayghoush as the popular folklore calls it down here in Armenia, but I cannot stop thinking “Who’s next?”. I do not want to focus on the “Who’s next?” question though. Rather, I would like to rhetorically ask the “What’s next?” question. How are these developments affecting Armenia’s investment climate and international reputation among investors and donors? Donors. Let’s just stop for a moment on that word.
Yes, the revolution or change of government (people like to call it in different names down here) gave many Armenians globally hope, unity, a fresh start and a glimpse of a better future. Few will argue the opposite. It is time though to get over it and figure out how we want to bring in businesses, investments and jobs. Bring the real glory home.
Many people are outraged with this decision, also thanks to the acting minister not being the most popular one among her peers. I am not going to zoom-in through to the widely discussed accusations and allegations of the person (who has to do everything she can to uphold Armenian culture) not being in the right place. No, I’m not going to do that. I am also not going to count more than a dozen ways in which she could have handled the matter in an appropriate way. Instead, I would like to focus on the role that government and its officials should play to cherish and advance Armenian culture.