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Programs to address the economic impact of COVID-19

ACTION 1

The target is determined for the purpose of spending,
Beneficiary: resident economic entity with good credit and tax record
Support type: co-financing, refinancing, subsidy


Basic terms and conditions:

Purpose of Credit

Amount Co-financed

Refinancing Amount

Subsidy Amount

Payroll

50%

100%

In full

Taxes, duties and mandatory payments

50%

100%

In full

Raw materials

40%

50%

6%

Equipment

25%

50%

5%

Utilities

45%

90%

10%

Food

30%

50%

8%

 Co-financing is to address the problem of lack of collateral and improve other lending terms;
Refinancing is to deal with currency-related risks and improve other lending terms,
Subsidy is to tackle the interest rate problem and improve other lending terms,

The terms are valid for loans equivalent of up to AMD 250 million.

Applications have to be filed with banks and credit organizations.

ACTION 2

Target: Agriculture
Beneficiary: resident economic entity or individual with good credit and tax record, as well as cooperative farms,
Support is provided in the form of interest rate subsidy; for cooperative farms – in the form of co-financing, including financial lease;

Basic terms and conditions: valid all agricultural purposes.

Applications have to be filed with banks and credit organizations.

ACTION 3

Target: SMEs
Beneficiary: resident economic entity with good credit and tax record
Form of assistance: loans of up to AMD 50 million, depending on turnover

Basic terms and conditions:
Areas: processing industry, accommodation and public catering, transportation և storage, tourism services, other tertiary services, healthcare, preschool education (private kindergartens), sporting activities (sports clubs, swimming pools), entertainment and leisure activities (except for computer games and internet clubs), construction of buildings, civil construction, specialized construction activities.
The applicants shall have:

- Annual turnover for 2019 - AMD 24 million to AMD 500 million;
- Turnover for each quarter of 2019 did not exceed 70% of the annual turnover,
- The maximum loan amount is AMD 50 million, 0% interest rate for the first two years, and 12% - for the third year.
- Good credit record, i.e., according to ACRA information they had no overdue credit terms for more than 30 days or more during the 12 months prior to the application date.
- Good fiscal record, i.e., no administrative proceedings have been instituted against the tax liability incurred during the 365 days prior to the date of submission of the application, or no overdue tax liability as of December 31, 2019 (in the latter case, 1% of the loan amount is charged as a borrower’s fee).

Applications have to be filed with the Investment Support Center of the Ministry of Economy


ACTION 5

Target: Effective Job Support
Beneficiary: resident economic entity with 2 to 50 employees,
Potential beneficiaries: more than 12,000 businesses,
One-time grant, in the amount of the salary of every 5th employee,

Basic terms and conditions:

The applicant employed 2 to 50 persons in the period from 01.01.2020 to 01.04.2020, and the actual wage fund did not decrease in the period under review.

 
The State Revenue Committee will process the application in an automated manner.


ACTION 10

• Target: support for micro-enterprises,
• Beneficiaries, economic entities registered as micro-enterprises,
• Support: one-time assistance in the amount of 10% of the turnover of goods, services provided in the first quarter of 2020, but not more than twice the minimum wage

 Basic terms and conditions:

• The applicant was registered as a family business in 2019, or
• The applicant was a natural person not registered as a self-employed entity in 2019, had a tax exemption license, or
• The applicant has been a natural person not registered as a self-employed entity since January 1, 2020; he or she was not registered in the way specified in sub-paragraphs 1 and 2 of this clause, neither were they registered as self-employed entities in the period under review.

ACTION 17

Target: high-tech industry
Beneficiaries: Business entities that meet the criteria specified in the RA Law on State Support in the Sphere of Information Technologies,
Form of assistance: one-time grant to successful entrepreneurs

Basic conditions:
- As of the day of submitting the application, the beneficiaries did not have overdue tax and credit obligations during the last 12 months.
- As of the day of submitting the application, the beneficiaries had not received a grant from the High-Tech Ministry during the last 12 months.
- Beneficiaries should have been registered in Armenia over the past two years as manufacturers, or registered in Armenia for more than 2 years in case of services;
Or technology companies that will attract documented and approved investments.

ACTION 18

Target: Effective job support,
Beneficiary: such economic entities registered in the Republic of Armenia that had 2 to 100 employees in the period from February 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020;
Form of Support: one-time grant;
Basic Terns and Conditions: the actual income fund calculated by the mentioned economic entities has not decreased during the mentioned period, or the decrease has made no more than 5%.

The State Revenue Committee shall notify the economic entity that it is a program beneficiary, after which the economic entity submits an application to the State Revenue Committee.

ACTION 19

Target: support for competitive business ideas, entrepreneurial ideas developed by beneficiaries seeking to start a business from scratch, promotion of innovative business plans
Beneficiary: Armenia-registered economic entity or individual entrepreneur
Form of Support: 75% of financial resources are provided as interest-free loans with a maturity of 8 years, 25% as grants.
Basic Terms and Conditions:
- compliance with the criteria established by the RA Law on State Support for Small and Medium Enterprises,
- good tax and credit record during the 12 months preceding the day of submission,
- involvement in the regions of Armenia,
- the applicant has not benefited from the Investment Support Center Foundation’s startup support facilities;
- for at least 24 months before the date of application, the applicant has benefited from the Investment Support Center Foundation’s innovative development support facility.

Applications to be filed with the Investment Support Center of the Ministry of Economy

ACTION 21

(https://www.arlis.am/DocumentView.aspx?DocID=143430)

Target: Effective job support

Beneficiary: Business entities with 2 to 100 employees as of March 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020

Form of assistance: one-time grant, in the amount of the salary of every 5th employee,

Methodology for calculating the amount of support.

In the case of economic entities with up to 5 employees, the total amount of income calculated for May 2020 is divided among the employees in order to determine the amount of assistance provided to the economic entity.

- In the case of businesses with more than 5 employees, to determine the amount of assistance provided to the business entity:
a. The amount of the average monthly calculated income of the economic entity in May 2020 is calculated, that is, the number of employees divided by the total amount of income calculated for the month of May 2020.
b. One-fifth of the total number of employees is calculated, that is, the total number of employees is divided by 5, rounded down.
c. The product of the results of paragraphs "a" and "b" of this sub-item is calculated and rounded up to one point.

The main condition is that the actual income fund calculated by the mentioned economic entities has not decreased during the mentioned period, or the decrease has made no more than 5%.

The State Revenue Committee notifies the economic entity that it is a beneficiary of the program, after which the economic entity submits an application to the State Revenue Committee.

In the 1st event, add the words before the place of application:

The economic entity, in the authorized capital of which 50 million AMD and more were invested in 2020, uses all the following additional privileges:

Subsidizing is carried out for a period of up to 36 months, and in case of foreign currency loans - for a period of 12 months.

The maximum amount of the subsidized part of the loans to be provided is set at 400 million drams, and in case of foreign currency lending, equivalent to 200 million drams.

Subsidy rates increase by 0.5%.

The economic entity, in the authorized capital of which an investment of 100 million AMD and more was made in 2020, enjoys all the following additional privileges:

Subsidies are provided for loans up to 48 months, and in case of foreign currency loans, for a period of 24 months.

The maximum amount of the subsidized part of the loans to be provided under the assistance tool provided for in sub-clause 4 of clause 7 of this appendix is set at 500 million drams, and in case of foreign currency lending, equivalent to 250 million drams; subsidy rates are 1% up.

The increase in the mentioned statutory capital must be made at the expense of investments in the form of funds. At the same time, the reduction of statutory capital is not allowed during the whole period of subsidy.

In case of violation of the mentioned condition, the loan provided to the given economic entity is subject to immediate repayment after the disclosure, and the subsidized amounts paid by the state are subject to double repayment of the subsidized amount through the bank.