The Covid-19 pandemic is closing borders and disrupting supply chains, but it can’t stop our long-term movement toward a more interconnected world; it will strengthen the patriotism and reinforce nationalism. Governments of all types will adopt emergency measures to manage the crisis, and starting today they will think about the recovery stags in our levels.
In short, Covid-19 will create a world that is less open, less prosperous, and less free. It did not have to be this way, but the combination of a deadly virus, inadequate planning, and incompetent leadership has placed humanity on a new and worrisome path.
Like many countries, Armenia will face a new economy norms and “The End of Globalization” issue will force the government a new strategy or to re-accelerate with many fundamental economic changes that already begun; every country puts its national interest first; the important question is how broadly or narrowly this interest is defined.
On the positive side, we should see some strengthening of national public health governance as well as some remarkable progress in food security in Armenia; For now, Citizens and local communities should react and cooperate with the government decisions to enhance our new strategy.
In Fact, Armenian government is planning to help banks grant agricultural loans. This is what Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the government is thinking about increasing the co-financing component for Armenian farmers, also that the government has held several discussions on food safety and has recorded that Armenia is self-sufficient, except when it comes to wheat. He also noted in many previous statements that the development of alternative energy is crucial and the future of the Armenian energy sector is not gas, but renewable energy sources.
We know well that the pandemic puts pressure on every part of a country’s economy and society. For developing countries that were already facing major challenges before COVID-19, this pressure will be particularly painful and that’s why Government and Civil Society should make an extra effort to enhance and improve some crucial topics like Alternative Energy, Food Security, Decentralization & Governance… to prevent any new crisis in the future.
Key messages due to CoronaVirus:
- COVID-19 is a global pandemic that is already having tangible effects on the agriculture sector as well as on renewable energy.
- In addition to its potential health effects, COVID-19 threatens to profoundly affect the livelihoods of poor rural farmers who depend on agriculture as well as the workers at countryside.
- Given that we focus on the poorest of the poor, we fear that the impact of COVID-19 on our beneficiary groups is likely to be especially pronounced.
- Investments in rural agricultural programmes and green energy can help people become more self-reliant, mitigate the impact of severe events, increase rural prosperity, ensure more sustainable food systems and food security, and create greater resilience in fragile states.
- Economic growth in agriculture is two to three times more effective at reducing poverty and food insecurity than growth in some other sectors. Investments in small-scale agriculture can help revive food production and create jobs following a crisis and enable rural communities to recover.
- Large-scale investment to boost the development, deployment and integration of clean energy technologies should be a central part of our governments plans because it will bring the twin benefits of stimulating economies and accelerating clean energy transitions. The progress this will achieve in transforming countries’ energy infrastructure won’t be temporary – it can make a lasting difference to our future.
- Also it’s time to think deeply about straightening capacities on essential headlines like diaspora integration, decentralization and governance implementation, mining revenues transparency to drive equitable development.
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