Opinion: What's the nature of dynamism between China and Armenia?
Updated 09:30, 26-Jan-2019
World Insight with Tian Wei
02:26

World leaders and opinion makers are debating the future of the global economy at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The meeting brought together more than 3,000 government officials, business leaders and people from all walks of life. 

On the sidelines of the Davos forum, CGTN's Senior Correspondent Tian Wei spoke to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. He talked about the dynamic between China and Armenia and stressed the importance of the technology sector's development of Armenia.

 "For our government, it's an absolute priority to develop the technological sector in Armenia, and we are intended to make Armenia like a technological country." 

When asked about the education sector, he referred to the Armenian-Chinese Friendship School, where hundreds of Armenian children study the Chinese language in addition to subjects taught in secondary and high schools across Armenia.

“Last year, Armenia opened a Chinese school in Yerevan, it was a very important event for Armenia not only in terms of politics, bilateral relationship but also in terms of culture and education."

Pashinyan noted, "For our countries, it's very important to have real relations in economy, but both of our nations are very old nations with old culture with old civilization, I think that is the mutual base for the development of our relations." 

Tian Wei asked the Pashinyan about Armenia's tradition of being the technological leader in the region. She believes that tech development has a lot to do with the quality of education and interconnectivity of the country and region.

“In Soviet time, Armenia was a leader in Soviet IT sector. In that time, it was quite different, but we have the tradition of being a technological leader in our region.”

The prime minister concluded, “We are going to make our investment and environment more friendly for the foreign investor, we are going to have a regulator simplifications in our economy, and we are going to reform our tax accord to make it more investment-friendly."