The minister of justice Hrair Tovmasyan held a press conference on the eve to present the new program of judicial reforms, following a meeting with Serzh Sargsyan.
Hrair Tovmasyan compared the new program of judicial reforms, its goals and expected results, with a car which is comfortable, fast, powerful and so on.
It is something worth attention. The imagination of Armenian ministers, even the young ones, does not go beyond cars.
Several years ago the minister of economy Nerses Yeritsyan compared the economy of Armenia and the economic policy with replacing a Russian Zhiguli car with Mercedes, or something like this.
At the time of Yeritsyan’s nomination in 2007 he was believed to be a very promising candidate who would bring new quality and results in the public administration of Armenia. It is objectively hard to expect substantial result from Nerses Yeritsyan, and generally any separate minister, considering the nature and shortcomings of the system as a whole. But in terms of quality he did not live up to the expectations because Nerses Yeritsyan did not set a model of new thinking, revolutionary ideas in public administration. One of the most revolutionary episodes of his activities is the idea of the cable way “revolution” in tourism.
Minister of justice Hrair Tovmasyan’s appointment had been met with even more enthusiasm because Nerses Yeritsyan was a promising young man but not official whereas Hrair Tovmasyan went to the public administration system from the public sector where he had a very positive image.
It is difficult to say that after taking on the post of the minister of justice this image has turned negative. Simply he is not doing well or his mission to turn on the light in the grey system failed. The problem is not that a brilliant lawyer became a Republican. The problem is that like Nerses Yeritsyan, he also did not become an oasis of new quality, revolutionary ideas and values in the public administration system.
Meanwhile, it is not only very difficult to turn on the light in a system which has been in darkness for decades but also to keep one’s own light burning. So all one can do is light one’s imagination and tempt the society with the Armenian dream – a luxury car. Perhaps, young ministers think that during their press conferences the society closes its eyes and daydreams of a beautiful system to be built by young people.
In the meantime, young or new quality ministers had better begin with waiving their luxury office cars and take public transport. Thus they would have a little more information about the life outside their cars.