Concert dedicated to 50th anniversary of Arax Mansourian’s singing career was held

On September 18, at the initiative of the Ministries of Diaspora and Culture of the Republic of Armenia, a concert dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the career of singer Arax Mansourian was held Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. The concert was held as part of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference.

Among the attendees were Speaker of the National Assembly Ara Babloyan; Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan; Minister of Culture Armen Amiryan and composer, Merited Art Figure of the Republic of Armenia, People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia Tigran Mansurian. The participants of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference were also participating in the concert.

The concert featured performances of the works of Komitas, Tigranyan, Tigran Mansurian, Mozart, Bize and Leo Cavallo by Arax Mansourian’s foreign students, including Rhian Saunders, Andrew Dickson, Georgia Kokkoris, Jiang Hongxin and Juliette Moon.

The Symphony Orchestra of the Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (conducted by Ruben Asatryan) also performed during the concert.

At the end of the concert, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan congratulated the merited singer on the 50th anniversary of her career and particularly stated the following: “This event, which symbolizes the beautiful cultural ties between Armenia and the Diaspora, was enshrined in the modern history of Armenian culture. It helped reinterpret the fact that among us there are people who represent an entire nation with their existence and activities and that we often don’t even feel that even though a given person is far away from us, he or she is close to us with his or her soul. These words are very descriptive for Arax Mansourian. We need to cross the equator to meet her, or she has to cross it and come to the homeland where her audience always awaits her with love and longing…Arax is always by our side with the infinite charm of a human being and a woman, with her characters, with her children and, last but not least, by being a Mansourian.”

The Minister emphasized the fact that the audience had the opportunity to enjoy seeing Arax Mansourain the singer, the master/teacher and the patriot. “Arax Mansourian has charmed, captivated and inspired thousands of audiences. With her warmth and charm, she teaches Armenian songs to her foreign students and introduces them to the songs of Komitas that are like the art of Mesrop Mashtots. Dear Arax, we are grateful to you for your work,” Hranush Hakobyan concluded.

After her speech, the Minister granted the Certificate of Appreciation of the RA Ministry of Diaspora to Arax Mansourian for her significant contributions to the cultural partnership between Armenia and the Diaspora and on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her career. Hranush Hakobyan also granted certificates of appreciation to Arax Mansourian’s students, including Rhian Saunders, Andrew Dickson, Georgia Kokkoris, Jiang Hongxin and Juliette Moon.

“The role of culture in the preservation of the Armenian identity” panel session kicks off

The 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference continued under four headings. The panel session entitled “The role of culture in the preservation of the Armenian identity” (under the heading “Issues on Preservation of the Armenian Identity”) was moderated by RA Minister of Culture Armen Amiryan, who attached importance to the heartfelt attitude towards culture and noted that the conference serves as evidence of the collective force and unity of the nation. “Language, faith and culture are the pillars of the Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora triumvirate. We have gathered today to consider the key issues related to those pillars. We expect practical proposals and interesting comments and suggestions that will become benchmarks for the implementation of our future programs.”

RA Deputy Minister of Culture Arev Samuelyan gave a speech entitled “The Cultural Policy in Armenia: Protection of Armenian Cultural Heritage Abroad” and answered questions related to preservation of the Armenian identity.

Congregate of the Mekhitarist Congregation, Rev. Fr. Supreme Archimandrite Vahan Ohanian (Italy) touched upon the protection of the cultural heritage of the Mekhitarist Congregation. A suggestion was made to present the rich collection of the Congregation in Armenia, to which the Minister of Culture assured that the program has already been launched with an exhibition dedicated to the 200th birth anniversary of great Armenian marine artist Hovhannes Aivazovsky.

Film producer Arsen Baghdasaryan (USA) presented the plan for reforms in Armenia’s film industry.

Director of the National Library of Armenia Tigran Zargaryan gave a speech entitled “Pan-Armenian Digital Library: Ahead of the Challenges of the 21st Century”.

Cultural figure, Doctor of Arts Movses Hergelian (Lebanon) gave a speech entitled “On Gathering Armenian Creators of the World and their Contributions to the Homeland”. He particularly noted that the cultural ties between Armenia and the Diaspora have become revitalized and the culture of the Armenian Diaspora has become recognizable in Armenia thanks to the Ministry of Diaspora and with the support of the Ministry of Culture.

In his speech entitled “Armenian Culture: A Whole Life and the Basis for Continuity”, Secretary General of the Bible Society of the Arab Gulf Hrayr Jebejian (Cyprus) attached importance to the role of culture in the preservation of the Armenian identity.

Co-founder of the Tonir Wedding Village Project Haik Yeranosyan gave a speech, which was entitled “The Rituals of a Traditional Armenian Wedding as a Major Factor for National Preservation” and related to the implementation of the Tonir Wedding Village Project.

The session ended with a question-and-answer session and a constructive discussion.

Perspectives of tourism in Armenia on agenda of 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference

The 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference continues in Yerevan. The second panel session under the heading “Issues on the Development of Armenia” is being held under the title “Promotion of Tourism in Armenia as an Effective Way of Presenting Our History and Culture”.

Among the speakers are Chairperson of the State Tourism Committee of the RA Ministry of Economic Development and Investments Zarmine Zeytuntsyan, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Artsakh Republic Sergey Shahverdyan, Minister of Tourism of Lebanon Avedis Kitanian, Director of the Center for Historic Churches in Iran (part of the Organization for Cultural Heritages and Tourism of Iran) Shirley Avetian and founder of Hyur Service Aram Hakobyan.

“Increase of recognizability of a country plays a major role in the development of tourism, and in this regard, diplomacy plays an important role. Based on non-official statistics, only 10 percent visit Armenia. The Diaspora is considered a target market for the State Tourism Committee, and so the Committee is actively collaborating with all organizations to raise the level of recognizability. It is very important for us to view tourism not only as something that is economically beneficial for Armenia, but also as a guarantee for participation in political processes,” Zarmine Zeytuntsyan noted during the session.

In their speeches, the participants of the panel session are touching upon the perspectives of the development of tourism in Armenia and Artsakh, the popularization and promotion of pan-Armenian cultural heritage and the partnership between Iran and Armenia in the tourism sector.

Armenian FM Edward Nalbandyan gives speech at 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference

On September 18, the second panel session under one of the four headings (Foreign Policy Agenda) of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference was held in Yerevan. In his speech entitled “Process of the Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh Issue”, RA Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan presented Armenia’s approaches to the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs particularly emphasized the following: “The 30th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement will be marked in a couple of months. Next year is truly a significant year that symbolizes the reawakening of our nation, the nation’s struggle for freedom and justice and the protection of our rights and symbolizes the unity and collective will of our nation.

Three decades is a significant period that provides us with the opportunity to take a look back, assess the past and make certain generalizations. Today I would like to generalize Armenia’s approaches to the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that have served as our main benchmarks throughout the years, and I am certain that they will continue to be the benchmarks for our efforts.”

In the context of the efforts being made for a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Edward Nalbandyan set aside Armenia’s main approaches hinged on joint efforts, including Armenia’s commitment to reach a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through exclusively peaceful negotiations, international recognition of the exercise of Artsakh of its right to self-determination, guarantee of the security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia’s responsible and constructive actions in the process of negotiations and steadfast implementation of the agreements reached in the past, Artsakh’s full participation in the process of negotiations and increase of the level of awareness of the international community about Artsakh and the rights of its people.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia attached importance to the fact that the approaches of the Armenian sides in the current negotiations are fully in line with the positions of the international community and the three co-chairs. The Minister expressed certainty that the joint efforts will help achieve a fair solution to the issue and establish durable peace in the region.

“The biggest guarantee of such confidence is Artsakh, which has proved that it is able to have a modern society, democratic institutions and an active system of governance hinged on rule of law. With its armed forces, Artsakh is the one that can give a deserving counterattack to the assaults. It is Artsakh with its generation of invincible individuals who have enjoyed full freedom. It is Artsakh which, as President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan described today, “is not only efficient, but viable and competitive”,” the Minister concluded.

6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference continues

On September 18, the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference kicked off under the title “Mutual Trust, Unity and Responsibility”. The panel session entitled “The Armenian Language and School as a Guarantee of the Armenian Identity” (under the heading “Issues on Preservation of the Armenian Identity”) was held as part of the conference.

The session was moderated by RA Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan.

RA Deputy Minister of Education and Science Davit Sahakyan delivered a speech entitled “The System of Education in the Republic of Armenia and the Perspectives of Development”. He noted that the system of education in Armenia must be reformed in such a way that Armenia has competitive citizens and added that the formation of a system of national education is one of the major objectives of Armenia.

Afterwards, Chairman of the Central Body of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Middle East, President of Haigazian University of Beirut Paul Haytostian (Lebanon) delivered a speech entitled “The School and the Armenian Identity Meeting the Requirement of the Future”.

Haytostian noted that Armenian schools in the Diaspora are at risk and that to lose the language means to lose the identity. “We need to think about how the Armenians of the future must be. Preserving the Armenian identity and providing Armenian children with an Armenian upbringing is an act of self-sacrifice in the Diaspora. We Armenians need to set the objective to bring up a generation of competitive Armenians,” he emphasized.

Director of the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Razmik Panossian (Portugal) delivered a speech entitled “Diaspora-Centered Upbringing and the Need for Educational Approaches”. He touched upon the preservation of Western Armenian in the Diaspora and expressed the certainty that there is a need to prepare specialists of the Western Armenian language in the Diaspora.

Haytostian’s speech was followed by a speech by Chairman of the Central Committee of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society Lebanon Chapter Meguerditch Meguerditchian. Presenting Hamazkayin’s activities for preservation of the Armenian identity, Meguerditchian noted that it is necessary to focus on the specifics of the Armenian identity. He stressed the fact that it is necessary to increase the number of teacher training courses and similar programs organized by the Ministry of Diaspora in Armenia.

Chairman of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Canada Regional Committee Mher Karakashian delivered a speech entitled “Armenian Upbringing on the Threshold of the 21st Century: The Key Objective of Preservation of the Armenian Identity in the Diaspora and the Challenges of the Education Sector in the Diaspora”. Karakashian touched upon the problems with maintenance of Armenian schools in the Diaspora and emphasized that all Armenians need to work hard in order to find solutions to the problems with maintenance of Armenian schools in the Diaspora.

Founding President of the AGBU Armenian Virtual University Yervant Zorian (USA) talked about the Internet and the Armenian identity and noted that new technologies have led to a change in teaching methods in schools as well.

“Implementation of virtual educational programs is not a priority for Armenian schools within Armenian communities. The main emphasis needs to be placed on the communities in which there are no Armenian schools. Over time, the Armenian communities of the Diaspora will become weak, if we don’t give them impulses, and we can give those impulses through new technologies,” Zorian said.

Executive Director of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) Karen Vardanyan (Armenia) presented the “Armat” (Root) engineering laboratories as a prospective tool for preservation of the Armenian identity in the Diaspora and the development of communities in Armenia.

“We can furnish Armenian schools of the Diaspora with “Armat” laboratories. As for the communities, it would be nice, if our activities and products were presented in the countries where those communities are established,” Karen Vardanyan said.

Patriarchal Vicar of the St. Hakobyants Congregation of Jerusalem, Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Avedis Iprajian talked about three major factors for preservation of the Armenian identity in the Diaspora, that is, the native land, the Armenian language and the Armenian Apostolic Church.

At the end of the session, Professor of the University of Sorbonne, linguist Hilda Galfaian-Panosian made a proposal for the unification of the two ramifications of the Armenian language (Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian).

The Minister of Education and Science suggested that the participants submit their comments and suggestions in writing and noted that another session would be convened, if necessary.

First panel session under Foreign Policy Agenda heading held during 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference

On September 18, participants of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference took part in the first panel session under the heading “Foreign Policy Agenda” in Yerevan. The session was devoted to the current foreign policy challenges facing Armenians and the cooperation between Armenia and the Diaspora in response to those challenges.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Artsakh Republic Karen Mirzoyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan, Human Rights Defender of the Artsakh Republic Ruben  Melikyan and Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, academician Ruben Safrastyan gave speeches and answered questions from the attendees.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Artsakh Republic Karen Mirzoyan presented Artsakh’s approaches to the foreign challenges facing al Armenians and the opportunities. After his speech, Mirzoyan answered questions that particularly concerned the perspectives of the consolidation of the efforts of Diaspora Armenians in protecting the interests of the population of Artsakh.

In his speech entitled “Consolidation of Efforts Around the Nagorno-Karabakh Issue”, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan provided details about the compliance of the legal grounds for settlement of the conflict with the Charter of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final Act and other legal documents. The Deputy Minister touched upon the legal consequences of Azerbaijan’s aggression and Armenia’s role as the guarantor of the security of the people of Artsakh and the independence of the Artsakh Republic.

In closing, Shavarsh Kocharyan emphasized that the people of Artsakh have proved their ability to build a sovereign nation hinged on democratic values.

In his speech, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Ruben Safrastyan presented the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan’s systematic Armenophobic policy and the efforts that are being made to give a proper legal evaluation of Azerbaijan’s actions.

Artsakh’s Human Rights Defender particularly stated that the issues of international law guaranteeing the fundamental rights of persons residing in the conflict zone and particularly the citizens of the Artsakh Republic are gradually becoming weightier within the structure of the legal component of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is creating new challenges for the statehood of Armenia and Artsakh and for Diaspora Armenian organizations.

Armenian FM receives Chairman of Central Board of Armenian National Committee

On September 17, RA Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan received Chairman of the Central Board of the Armenian National Committee Hagop Der-Khachadourian, reported the press service of the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, the sides touched upon the issues on the agenda of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference.

The interlocutors also discussed issues related to the cooperation between Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the offices of the Armenian National Committee.

Armenian FM receives Garo Paylan

On September 17, RA Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan received Deputy of the Parliament of Turkey Garo Paylan, who is in Armenia to participate in the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference, reported the press service of the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Greeting the guest, Minister Nalbandyan noted that Armenia closely follows the activities of Garo Paylan and attached importance to his participation in the pan-Armenian conference.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on issues on the pan-Armenian agenda.

The interlocutors discussed the solution to issues in the region.

Catholicos of All Armenians receives Turkish-Armenian MP

On September 17, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians received Deputy of the Parliament of Turkey Garo Paylan, reported the Information System of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

His Holiness welcomed the Deputy’s visit to Armenia on the occasion of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference and touched upon his actions in parliament with satisfaction.

Garo Paylan talked about the developments in the region and the current state of affairs in Turkish society.

During the meeting, the sides also talked about various issues concerning the Turkish-Armenian community and the Armenians in Turkey.

Armenia’s economic agenda under consideration during 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference

Today marked the launch of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference. The conference is being held under 4 headings, including “Issues on the Development of Armenia”, “Specifics of the Defense Policy of the Republic of Armenia amid Current Challenges”, “Foreign Policy Agenda” and “Issues on the Preservation of the Armenian Identity”. The first panel session under the “Issues on the Development of Armenia” heading is being held under the title “Development of Armenia’s Economy and Investments”.

The session featured speeches by Director of the Development Foundation of Armenia Armen Avak Avakyan; partnering Director of KPMG Armenia Tigran Gasparyan; President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia Ara Hovsepyan; Executive Director of the European Business Association in Armenia Diana Sarumova; vice-chairman of the organizing committee for the 2nd International Forum of Eurasian Partnership Karen Galustyan and founder of Capital Motors Sam Samuelian.

In their speeches, the participants of the panel session are touching upon the issues and challenges facing Armenia’s economy, increase of the role and effectiveness of the Diaspora in the development of Armenia’s economy, Armenia’s partnership with the U.S., EU member states and member states of the Eurasian Economic Union in terms of trade and economy and the advantages of starting and running a business in Armenia.

The session is moderated by Development Director of Ameriabank CJSC Tigran Jrbashyan.

President Serzh Sargsyan attends Armenia-Diaspora conference working group meeting

On the margins of the 6th Armenia-Diaspora conference, President Serzh Sargsyan attended today one of thematic discussions held in different directions – the meeting of the working group on establishment of the Pan-Armenian Council and further development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership. The President of the Republic of Armenia made a speech.

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President Serzh Sargsyan’s remarks delivered at the Armenia-Diaspora conference working group meeting

Dear Colleagues,

I cordially greet you. We have met to discuss one very clearly posed question, namely the establishment of the Pan-Armenian Council, and in this context, the future of Armenia-Diaspora cooperation, in general.

National unity is, of course, a very important goal, which is constantly on the agenda of every nation. Undoubtedly, the concentration of common forces and the proper distribution of resources are necessary for each people to effectively respond to emerging challenges.

This is particularly important for those peoples scattered all over the world. In the case of Armenians, it was due to Genocide and persecutions.

To be born, live and work in the Diaspora was not the free choice of the ancestors of the people present here. It was due the violence perpetrated against them and the criminal deprivation of their homeland.

Under these conditions for us, the Armenians, the need for nationwide unity and the form of organizing effective cooperation has always been high on the agenda. It was particularly acute due to the lack of independent statehood and fully-fledged national-State institutions.

It is no secret that for Armenian intellectuals living in Soviet Armenia and in the Diaspora this used to be one of the most important issues. However, it is also clear that the acute ideological division that prevailed in the world could not at all promote this aspiration.

Today, as Armenia is independent, we already have a well-established statehood; we are in a more favorable situation in order to deal with this and other tasks.

Dear Colleagues,

We have accumulated a very rich and diversified experience of discussing issues of pan-Armenian unity and seeking solutions to these issues. I think there is no need to talk about it. However, a number of conclusions can be drawn from the path that has been traversed.

In my opinion, the first conclusion is that the modern national State is the most important and most viable form of self-organization of any people. Armenia today is like that, with all the necessary institutions, which along with other important functions, can properly protect human rights and freedoms, national-State interests and provide for security.

Yes, the State of Armenia may be imperfect, but there is every reason to strengthen it, reform and better it. Therefore, whatever structure we may create, it should complement and support the statehood of Armenia.

The Genocide 100th anniversary commemorations testified that our State is ready and can assume the role of a leader. Moreover, this leadership was expected in the Diaspora.

Second: whatever structure we create, it will not be called upon to replace or compete with the already existing organizational structures in the Diaspora. The purpose of this process is not to replace the traditional structures with a new one, but to shape a common ground for existing structures, as well as for all bright and prominent personalities representing the Diaspora

Indeed, we must realize that the Armenian individual is the most powerful resource of the worldwide-scattered Armenian nation with an inherent bright personality. Moreover, these bright individuals live in different countries of the world, acting as their full-fledged and devoted citizens.

Let no one think that it is possible or necessary to create any centripetal, pyramidal all-Armenian structure. Absolutely not. There is absolutely no need for this. So, posing the question that way is not only non-realistic, but also harmful.

I think that given the opportunities offered by modern telecommunications, we need to create a network structure based on innovative approaches. That working network should be the best platform for free exchange of ideas and development of common programs.

Dear Colleagues,

We are approaching a very important milestone. In May 2018, we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the first Republic of Armenia and the heroic May battles. I think this will be the most appropriate and symbolic reason for convoking the first meeting of the Pan-Armenian Council.

These remarks should be seen as an introduction to the meeting and a general overview of my approaches.

For a long time now, RA Constitutional Court Chairman Gagik Harutyunyan has been working extensively on this issue. I am now giving the floor to you, Mr. Harutyunyan. Please, present the work done by you, and in this way, we will start the exchange of views and discussion.

6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference kicks off

On September 16, the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference kicked off at Karen Demirtchyan Sport and Concert Complex.

During the plenary session, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan delivered her opening remarks, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians gave his blessings to the participants of the conference. President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan gave a speech, President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan expressed his greetings to the attendees, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia gave his blessings.

The 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference is being held under the title “Mutual Trust, Unity and Responsibility” and with the participation of more than 1,800 representatives. The geography has expanded. There are more than 1,500 leaders and representatives of Armenian structures and organizations from 71 countries around the world, Armenian Members of Parliaments and ministers of different countries and Armenians elected as representatives of local authorities. Artsakh is represented by a 40-member delegation, and over 400 state, political and cultural figures, scholars and journalists are participating in the conference as representatives of the Republic of Armenia. There are large delegations from the Russian Federation (259), the USA (213), France (92), Lebanon (107), Syria (44), Iran (56), Argentina (35), Canada, Turkey and Georgia. Representatives of the communities of Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Mexico, Ethiopia, Sudan and Myanmar are participating in the conference for the first time.

More than 35 percent of the participants are women, and nearly 20 percent are young people.

During the conference, there will be 2 more plenary sessions, as well as 16 panel sessions under 4 headings.  The panel sessions will be devoted to the development of Armenia’s economy, regional challenges and the national security agenda, the foreign policy agenda, the elimination of the consequences of the Armenian Genocide and the preservation of the Armenian identity. The panel sessions will be moderated by the relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of International Economic Integration and Reforms and the Ministry of Diaspora.

Two roundtable discussions will be held during the conference. The first roundtable discussion will be devoted to the creation of a Pan-Armenian Council. The second roundtable discussion will be devoted to the preliminary plans for organizing and conducting the celebrations dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Armenia, the 100th anniversary of the Battles of May and the 2,800th anniversary of Erebouni-Yerevan.

RA Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan will deliver a speech entitled “The Main Provisions of the Economic Policy of the Government of the Republic of Armenia” during the plenary session of the second day of the conference.

Speaker of the RA National Assembly Ara Babloyan will give a speech during the final session, and the moderators of the panel sessions under the four headings will present the results of the panel sessions.

The participants of the conference will adopt a declaration after the results of the sessions are summed up.

Pavilions have been set up at the Sport and Concert Complex where organizations like TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, Ayb Innovative School and Kvant School are showcasing their achievements. The achievements of Armenia’s winemaking, brandy and textile industries are showcased in separate pavilions. Megerian Carpets is presenting the past achievements of Armenian carpet-making and the current growth. Artsakh is presenting its achievements in culture and economy. There is also a pavilion devoted to the “Nation-Army” ideology.

The conference will also feature several cultural events. September 16th marked the opening of the Nairi Music Park-Museum, which showcases 10 bronze, iconic sculptures symbolizing Armenian song, music and national instruments and is located near Nairi Spa Resorts hotel complex in Hankavan. On September 18, a concert dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the career of Arax Mansourian will be held at the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet after Alexander Spendiaryan. On September 19, an event dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the TV series “Of Armenian Descent” will be held at Karen Demirtchyan Sport and Concert Complex. On September 20, the participants of the conference will attend the gala concert of Nairi Pan-Armenian Music Festival, which is being held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Armenia and will pay homage to remarkable artists of Armenia and the Diaspora. From September 5 to 29, the Ministry of Diaspora, in association with the Armenian Collectors’ Club of the High Art Center for Fine Arts, is organizing the first exhibition called “Various” at Komitas Museum-Institute. The exhibition showcases 30 works of 24 notable Armenian artists starting from the mid-19th century and ending with the early 21st century, exclusively from private collections.

The sponsors of the conference are Grand Candy, Yerevan Brandy Factory, Vedi Alco, the Support to Javakhk Foundation, Noyan Juice Foundation, Jermuk Group, Voskevaz Wine Factory, Sipan Company and Avshar-Alco. The information sponsors are Armenian Public Television, Shant TV, Yerkir Media TV, Ararat TV and R TV, as well as the Public Radio of Armenia and “Armenpress” Armenian News Agency. A press center will be operating throughout the conference.

The first pan-national conference was held in September 1999 and was referred to as the Armenia-Diaspora Forum. The second was held in May 2002, and the 3rd pan-Armenian forum was held in September 2006. The first three forums were hosted by the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in 2011 and 2014, the conferences were held by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

Delegates of Pan-Armenian Association of Architects and Engineers visit RA Ministry of Diaspora

On September 17, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received the delegation of the Pan-Armenian Association of Architects and Engineers (PAAE), which included Co-Chair of the Pan-Armenian Association of Architects and Engineers, Senior Architect for VGC-Arplan Kohar Tutunjian (Qatar); representative of the Representation of the PAAE in Qatar, public figure Silva Der-Bedrosian-Vartanian (Qatar); representative of the Representation of the PAAE in Qatar, Construction Healthcare Sector Consultant Alice Garavedian (Lebanon); representative of the Representation of the PAAE in Qatar, marketing consultant Greg Payasian (Lebanon); Executive Director of the PAAE Arpine Danielyan (Republic of Armenia); board member of the PAAE, coordinator of the Representation in the United Arab Emirates, architect Gyulizar Jonian (UAE); coordinator of the Representation of the PAAE in Lebanon, Head of Dunbate Design, owner, architect Vigen Tarkhanian (Lebanon); coordinator of the Representation of the PAAE in Lebanon, co-owner of Dunbate Design, architect Raffi Tarkhanian (Lebanon); representative of the PAAE in Artsakh, Head of the Representation of Shushi University of Technology in Yerevan, international chess grosmeister Rafael Vahanyan (Artsakh); representative of the Representation of the PAAE in Artsakh, Assistant to the Head of the Representation of Shushi University of Technology in Yerevan Gagik Sargsyan (Artsakh) and member of the PAAE Hrach Vardanyan.

Greeting the members of the Association, the Minister attached importance to their participation in the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference and particularly stated the following: “Thank you for coming. We will gather at this large pan-Armenian conference to show the power of our unity, our consolidation, listen to ideas, opinions and proposals and work together to implement them and turn them into programs and projects.”

Issues related to the participation of the Association in the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference, as well as the development and strengthening of the cooperation between the RA Ministry of Diaspora and the Association were considered during the meeting.

Co-Chair of the Association, Senior Architect of VGC-Arplan Kohar Tutunjian expressed gratitude for the meeting, presented the Association’s programs and achievements and expressed willingness to work more closely with the Ministry and show active participation in the Ministry’s programs and projects.

Tutunjian noted that the Association currently has representations in 12 countries around the world, including the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, Jordan, France, Qatar, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Sweden and Artsakh. The Association has also established ties with all the specialists and professional communities of the Diaspora, creating a professional Database through which it promotes cooperation between specialists and companies carrying out similar activities and the implementation of joint projects in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.

The Association has developed an 8-point action plan. In October 2018, the RA Ministry of Diaspora and the PAAE will host the 4th Pan-Armenian Forum of Architects in Artsakh in order to draw the attention of the Armenian Diaspora to Artsakh, and organizational activities are already underway.

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