Prime Minister, US Ambassador Discuss Joint Efforts to Combat Corruption


YEREVAN — Prime Minister Karen Karapetian received US Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills on December 28. The two discussed issues related to U.S.-Armenia relations and exchanged views on cooperation in the Government’s anticorruption policy.

With reference to the activities of the Anticorruption Council, Karen Karapetian said he was going to expand the scope of civil society representatives with a view to achieving stronger public feedback. Stressing the need to change the environment conducive to corruption, the Premier noted that the instructions issued at Cabinet meetings were aimed at reducing the risk of corruption through improved business environment, better quality of services and the enforcement of the one-stop-shop principle in different fields of activity.

In turn, Mills said the US government was ready to continue supporting Armenia’s anticorruption policy by extending the term of the agreement on the fight against corruption. In this regard, the Ambassador considered it necessary to outline the range of those specific steps and programs to be funded by the American side.

Mills said the United States was ready to provide expert assistance to promote the ongoing judicial and tax reforms.

Karapetian thanked the ambassador for cooperation, noting that Armenia will soon present to the US partners the areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.