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Armenian officials discuss recycling, PIU corruption, aid for Syrians

Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and his Cabinet met on Thursday to discuss issues relating to project implementation units (PIUs) and other matters.

The Cabinet approved a bill that would lead to investment in the recycling of waste materials produced by several copper and molybdenum combines nationwide, with approximately 1,000 permanent and 500 temporary jobs created during the first stage of the program.

Abrahamyan emphasized the importance of keeping PIU leadership free of corruption.

“Over many years, multibillion-dollar investments have been carried out in the country through project implementation units," Abrahamyan said. "Meanwhile, corruption scandals and shortfalls are talked about more than the achievements. At the latest meeting, I strictly warned the PIU supervisors to refrain from any act of corruption. Otherwise, not only will such officials be dismissed, but I will personally see that those responsible for mismanagement be inflicted severe punishments.”

The situation in Syria was also discussed, Abrahamyan referred to a recent rocket attack on Aleppo and said the government will make accommodations to support and house children from the affected area.

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