Loaning should be transparent

Azat Artsakh – Republic of Nagorno Karabakh
March 19 2004


About sixty questions were included in the agenda of the March 16
meeting of the NKR government, conducted by prime minister Anoushavan
Danielian. On February 16, 2004 the NKR president had signed a decree
about the enactment of the law `About Civil Service’. Starting from
the requirements of the enactment of the law there occurred a
necessity to work out the salary and budget mechanism and the
activity of the staff of the NKR state governmental bodies,
ministries (state committees), regional administrations and the
Stepanakert City Hall. After long discussions on the questions
referring the enactment of the law the government made corresponding
decisions. The government approved the project of foundation of the
state governmental office `NKR administration of finance and
economy’, confirming the regulations of the NKR Ministry of Finance
and Economy and the structure of the administration, and
reorganization of the local treasury departments. The government
session confirmed the regulations and staff structure of the state
governmental offices `administration of the NKR Ministry of
Agriculture’, `administration of the NKR Ministry of Social
Security’, `administration of the NKR Ministry of Health’,
`administration of the NKR Ministry of Justice’, `administration of
the NKR state committee of real estate cadastre’. The same decisions
confirmed the amount of the property passed to these structures.
According to the law in effect the administrations of the ministries
operate according to the NKR civil code, the NKR law `About State
Governmental Bodies’, other laws and legal acts (international
agreements), as well as the regulations. The head of the
administration is appointed and relieved from the post by the
government of the republic. Taking into account the fact that the
demand of producers for oak timber surpasses the possibilities of the
natural resources, the government made a decision to prohibit the
export of oak timber from the republic. The executive also confirmed
the pure average cadastre income from farming land in NKR,
privatization of the state property, the arrangement of the Military
Police of the RA Ministry of Defence to provide buildings to the
Military Police of Stepanakert. Aiming at further implementation of
programs for improvement of the tax system the State Tax Department
under the government presented a package of bills and draft
decisions. The members of the government approved the project of
introducing changes into the NKR laws `About Added Value’ and `About
Tax Service’ and the bill `About Cash Transactions’. In the social
sphere the NKR Minister of Social Security presented the project of
making amendments to the law `About the Social Security of the
Military Men and Their Families’, as well as introducing the system
of social security cards in NKR and forming committees on insurance
record. Among other urgent questions the Ministry of Health presented
the project of state-guaranteed free medical aid and service. The
government made decisions concerning the bill `About Military
Service’, the structure of the NKR Police and questions of
maintaining the maximum number of officials and deputies, the lower
and higher titles for the concrete police posts, the order of
granting permission for the use of land-surveying and geodesic
material and data of state and service secrecy, reorganization of the
`NKR theaters’ and `NKR ensembles’ into state non-commercial
organizations. Changes were made in the formerly passed decisions of
the executive. At the end of the session prime minister Anoushavan
Danielian touched upon the activities of the foundation for
development of small and medium-size business and mentioned that the
government anticipates effective undertakings by the organization.
Unfortunately, the activities of the foundation do not always meet
the modern requirements, and as a result the complaining letters
addressed to the government. There are also alarms that the loans
granted by the foundation are not used for their aim. Taking into
account these circumstances, the prime minister demanded a
corresponding account on the activities of the foundation from the
Ministry of Industrial Infrastructures and Building. `The society
must be aware of who receives aid from the foundation and for what
aims it is used. Whether the loaned programs are effective, whether
there is progress, whether investments are made in industry, and the
requirements of the deals are met. The process of loaning should be
transparent, for the mass media first of all. This possibility is
fully given to the mass media and the society will be informed who
receives the loans of the foundation and how these are used.’