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Under the old Soviet central planning system, Armenia developed a modern industrial sector, supplying machine tools, textiles, and other manufactured goods to sister republics, in exchange for raw materials and energy. Armenia has since switched to small-scale agriculture and away from the large agro industrial complexes of the Soviet era. Armenia has only two open trade borders - Iran and Georgia - because its borders with Azerbaijan and Turkey have been closed since 1991 and 1993, respectively, as a result of Armenia's ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Armenia joined the World Trade Organization in January 2003. The government has made some improvements in tax and customs administration in recent years, but anti-corruption measures have been largely ineffective. Armenia will need to pursue additional economic reforms and strengthen the rule of law in order to raise its economic growth and improve economic competitiveness and employment opportunities, especially given its economic isolation from Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Armenia's geographic isolation, a narrow export base, and pervasive monopolies in important business sectors have made it particularly vulnerable to volatility in the global commodity markets and the economic challenges in Russia. Armenia is particularly dependent on Russian commercial and governmental support, as most key Armenian infrastructure is Russian-owned and/or managed, especially in the energy sector. Remittances from expatriates working in Russia are equivalent to about 12-14% of GDP. Armenia joined the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union in January 2015, but has remained interested in pursuing closer ties with the EU as well, signing Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement with the EU in November 2017. Armenia’s rising government debt is leading Yerevan to tighten its fiscal policies – the amount is approaching the debt to GDP ratio threshold set by national legislation.

GNI, Atlas method (current US$) (billions)
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)3106603,4703,770
GNI, PPP (current international $) (billions)8.247.3119.8326.38
GNI per capita, PPP (current international $)2,3302,3806,8909,020
GDP (current US$) (billions)2.261.919.2610.55
GDP growth (annual %)-
Inflation, GDP deflator (annual %)79.4-
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added (% of GDP)16231716
Industry (including construction), value added (% of GDP)48353326
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)35232133
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)46514543
Gross capital formation (% of GDP)47193318
Revenue, excluding grants (% of GDP)....22.622.8
Net lending (+) / net borrowing (-) (% of GDP)....-5-5.5
States and markets
Time required to start a business (days)..18145
Domestic credit provided by financial sector (% of GDP)62.311.527.854.4
Tax revenue (% of GDP)....17.121.3
Military expenditure (% of GDP)
Mobile cellular subscriptions (per 100 people)00.6134.3117.4
Individuals using the Internet (% of population)01.32567
High-technology exports (% of manufactured exports)..526
Statistical Capacity score (Overall average)....9292
Global links
Merchandise trade (% of GDP)..625248
Net barter terms of trade index (2000 = 100)..100130123
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) (millions)01,0106,3059,953
Total debt service (% of exports of goods, services and primary income)
Net migration (thousands)-496-161-31..
Personal remittances, received (current US$) (millions)..1821,6691,382
Foreign direct investment, net inflows (BoP, current US$) (millions)2104529338
Net official development assistance received (current US$) (millions)2.7215.9342.6326.8

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