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Exploring the Benefits and Opportunities of Free Economic Zones in Armenia

Free Economic Zones (FEZs) have become an increasingly popular concept in the global economy. In this article, we will explore the benefits and opportunities of free economic zones in Armenia.

What are Free Economic Zones in Armenia and what are the Benefits of these Zones?

Free Economic Zones in Armenia are designated areas that provide attractive incentives and advantages to both local and foreign investors. These zones are purposefully designed to create a favorable business environment, featuring streamlined regulations, tax benefits, and robust infrastructure support. The primary goal of establishing these zones is to stimulate economic growth, attract foreign direct investment, and foster innovation and technology transfer.

Investing in free economic zones in Armenia presents numerous benefits that make them an appealing choice for businesses. A key advantage lies in the favorable tax regime. Companies operating within these zones can benefit from tax exemptions or reduced rates on corporate income tax, value-added tax, and customs duties. This tax relief significantly reduces the overall tax burden and enhances profitability.

Currently, Armenia has four free economic zones: Meghri, Ecos, Meridian, and Alliance. Each zone caters to different industries and sectors, providing distinct investment opportunities.

Overview of the Free Economic Zones in Armenia - Meghri, Ecos, Meridian, and Alliance

Meghri Free Economic Zone
Situated in the southern part of Armenia, Meghri Free Economic Zone offers a conducive business environment for companies involved in agriculture, manufacturing, electricity supply, trade, transportation and economy storage, professional and technical activities, culture, tourism, entertainment, and recreation. The zone's advantageous proximity to neighboring countries makes it an ideal location for cross-border trade. Additionally, its picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage open up unique investment prospects in the tourism sector, such as hotel development, ecotourism, and cultural tourism.

Key investment opportunities in Meghri FEZ include agriculture and food processing due to the fertile soil and favorable climate, making it suitable for cultivating fruits, vegetables, and wine grapes. Investment prospects also extend to establishing fruit and vegetable processing plants, wineries, and agro-tourism ventures. Furthermore, the region's cultural heritage offers potential for investment in tourism infrastructure and services.

Ecos Free Economic Zone
Located in the city of Hrazdan, Ecos Free Economic Zone focuses on high-tech industries, information technology, and software development. With a strong emphasis on innovation, Ecos provides an ecosystem that supports research and development activities. Boasting access to a highly skilled workforce and modern infrastructure, Ecos Free Economic Zone offers exceptional investment opportunities for technology-driven companies.

Ecos FEZ caters to four main categories:
•  New digital technologies: blockchain, artificial intelligence
•  Information technology, software
•  Development and production of technological solutions
•  Other advanced and science-intensive technologies

FEZ residents in Ecos enjoy various advantages, including exemption from all currency restrictions, the right to repatriate investment capital, profits, and dividends, and relief from income tax, VAT, import and export customs duties, and taxes on property and real estate.

Meridian Free Economic Zone
Located in the capital city of Yerevan, Meridian Free Economic Zone specializes in infrastructures for jewelry, diamond cutting, and watchmaking manufacturing companies. The zone offers access to a skilled workforce and cost advantages, making it an attractive destination for companies looking to expand their manufacturing capabilities in these industries.

Companies registered in Meridian FEZ benefit from exemption of customs duties, VAT, profit tax, corporate income tax, and property tax. They also have the opportunity for free repatriation of capital, profits, and dividends, and can operate with any foreign currency. Armenia's free trade agreements with CIS member countries, access to a market of 300 million people, GSP+ trade regime with EU countries, and GSP trade regime with the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, and Norway further enhance the zone's appeal.

Alliance Free Economic Zone
Situated in Yerevan, Alliance Free Economic Zone focuses on industries such as precision engineering, electronics, and alternative energy. The zone is known for its advanced infrastructure and logistics capabilities, making it an attractive location for companies engaged in manufacturing and export-oriented industries. With access to a skilled workforce, Alliance FEZ presents an ideal environment for companies in these sectors.

FEZ residents in Alliance enjoy several benefits, including exemption from income tax, VAT, customs duties, and dividend taxes, as well as real estate and property taxes. Furthermore, they are not subjected to comprehensive income tax on employee salaries and are exempt from all currency restrictions. Similar to other zones, residents have the right to repatriate investment capital, profits, and dividends.

Residents also have the opportunity to minimize export and import customs duties, access available skilled labor, hire foreign personnel without restrictions, and conduct business with minimal administrative barriers through simplified procedures such as "one-stop shop" services and on-the-spot customs clearance within the FEZ territory.

How to Establish a Business in a Free Economic Zone in Armenia

Establishing a business in a free economic zone in Armenia involves several steps. Interested investors must first choose the desired free economic zone based on their industry and sector of operation. Next, they should prepare a comprehensive business plan and submit it to the relevant authorities. This plan should outline proposed activities, investment amounts, and expected benefits. Upon approval of the business plan, investors can proceed with the company registration process.

Conclusion

By investing in one of Armenia's free economic zones, businesses gain access to a supportive environment and tap into the growth potential of key sectors in the country. With proper planning and professional guidance, companies can thrive and significantly contribute to the economic development of Armenia's free economic zones.

What Makes Armenia a Good Choice for Residency 

No Stay or Visit

Maintaining residency in Armenia does not require physical presence; remote application is possible.

Fast and Easy

The residency application usually takes about 80 days and only a valid passport is required. 

Family Covered

Residents can sponsor extended family for residency (parents, siblings, grandchildren, etc.) 

Citizenship Path

After living in Armenia for three years, citizenship can be obtained. Dual citizenship is allowed.

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What Clients Say

Overall, I felt it could not have been any better. Everything was taken care of so smoothly, effortlessly, and managed very well. 

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It is always daunting when dealing with immigration, visas etc in a foreign country. The team at Vardanyan & Partners made the process for registering the business and applying for residency so much easier. I had no worries at all. The team overall really went out of their way to accommodate and assist us.

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Armenia is a captivating nation with a rich history and a promising future. Our firm is wholeheartedly committed to supporting individuals and businesses that recognize Armenia's potential and are eager to contribute to its ongoing success.

We trust that this website will serve as a valuable resource for you in gathering the information you need. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can easily contact us through various channels, such as completing the form on our website, emailing us directly at [email protected], or reaching out via phone or popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, and Skype at +374.99.00.11.67. We are always available to assist you in any way possible.

Nerses Isajanyan
Managing Attorney
LL.M. Georgetown University, licensed to practice in both Armenia (license no. 903) and New York (license no. 5148945)

About Us

Vardanyan & Partners is a reputable law firm situated in Yerevan, Armenia, which has been providing excellent legal services since its establishment in 2012. Our team of locally licensed, English-speaking attorneys specializes in immigration, incorporation, and compliance matters, ensuring that clients receive expert legal guidance.  We are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest changes in legislation and regulations, ensuring that our clients receive the most relevant and accurate advice. At Vardanyan & Partners, we place a strong emphasis on honesty, transparency, and client care. 

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