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Armenia’s Strategic Challenges to Socio-Economic Development

October 17, 2013

 

6852On October 9th, the “Partnership for Open Society” initiative organized a discussion titled, “Armenia’s Strategic Challenges to Socio-Economic Development”. This was the inaugural event within the series, “Armenia at the Crossroads of Development: Toward Europe or Russia?”, which will include public discussions, debates, and events throughout the months of October and November, aimed at better understanding the implications of joining the Customs Union. In attendance were several members of the diplomatic corps, including representatives from the European Union and Russian embassies.

The discussion provided a forum for engaging in informative and constructive dialog on the economic implications of joining the Customs Union. Invited to speak were representatives from the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Finance. While no one from the Ministry of Finance attended the event, the ministry of Economy was represented by the Head of the Trade and Market Regulation Department, Mr. Gagik Kocharyan. Joining him was a team of national experts representing a wide scope of knowledge; Vahagn Ghazaryan spoke about the key differences between the DCFTA and the Customs Union, while Anna Makaryan discussed how Armenia’s current social and economic challenges will be affected under the Customs Union. Finally, Artak Manukyan compared state procurement processes between EU and CU member states. The presentations were followed by a Q&A and open discussion with RA Government officials, politicians, and various European ambassadors and representatives in attendance. As part of a collaborative effort with the Media Center, the event was livestreamed and can be viewed in its entirety below.

The September 3rd surprise announcement by President Serzh Sargsyan that Armenia would be joining the Customs Union, foregoing the EU Association Agreement, has disrupted a four year negotiation and reform process. This decision has long-term and far reaching implications on almost every aspect of social, political, and economic life in Armenia. This sudden U-turn by the Armenian Government has left Armenian civil society with many unanswered questions.

Throughout the month of October, the “Partnership for Open Society” will continue holding public discussions, debates, and events focused on addressing the many unanswered questions about the Customs Union, and will include topics ranging from an assessment of the economic impact, a critical look at the legitimacy of the president’s decision, a discussion on the role of national values, and the ramifications for other European integration processes. The next public event is set to take place on Oct 29th, and will be focus on the decision making process of joining the Customs Union, through the Armenian legal framework.



YES Project Supporting Youth Engagement in Democracy and Human Rights

October 11, 2013

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In September 2013, Jinishian Memorial Foundation launched the “Youth Engaged in Society 2013-2014” (YES) project, funded and supported by Open Society Foundations – Armenia. The goal of the project is to promote the further development of civil society by increasing the knowledge and interest of young Armenians in key issues related to the development of civil society, democracy, and human rights.

Through participatory methods of teaching and learning, the project aims to develop crucial communication and analytical thinking skills that will permit young Armenians to more actively participate in the development of Armenian civil society, today and later in their adult lives.

There are 130 schools involved in this project representing 8 regions of Armenia – Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Kotayk, Gegharkunik, Armavir, Ararat and Syunik, 15 cities – Ashtarak, Aparan, Talin, Artashat, Masis, Armavir, Echmiadzin, Metsamor, Gavar, Vardenis, Sevan, Vanadzor, Abovyan, Hrazdan, Gyumri and 14 village communities – Qarakert, Lernagog, Dalarik, Arteni, Gyulagarak, Urut, Sverdlov, Mets Masriq, Shenavan, Nerqin Bazmaberd, Mastara, Sarnakunq, Brnakot and Shinuhayr. The YES project gives the students an opportunity to learn to debate in a civil manner, to develop critical thinking and express their opinion on different issues.



Armenia at the Crossroads of Development: Toward Europe or Russia?

October 10, 2013

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Throughout the month of October, Partnership for Open Society in collaboration with The Media Center and other key partners will be organizing a series of events, titled “Armenia at the Crossroads of Development: Toward Europe or Russia?”.

The series, which will include public discussions, debates, and media events, is aimed at better understanding the implications of joining the Customs Union, and will include topics ranging from an assessment of the economic impact, a critical look at the legitimacy of the president’s decision, a discussion on the role of national values, and the ramifications for other European integration processes such as education. A team of national experts representing a wide spectrum of opinions will be joined by RA Government officials, politicians, and various European ambassadors and representatives to discuss and debate these and other topics.

The September 3rd surprise announcement by President Serzh Sargsyan that Armenia would be joining the Customs Union, foregoing the EU Association Agreement, has disrupted a four year negotiation and reform process. This decision has long-term and far reaching implications on almost every aspect of social, political, and economic life in Armenia. This sudden U-turn by the Armenian Government has left Armenian civil society with many unanswered questions.

The purpose of this series is to provide a forum for raising these questions with the relevant stakeholders, experts, and policymakers, and to increase the quality of discourse around issues related to this historic decision. The inaugural event of the series will be held on October 9th, at Congress Hotel, titled “Armenia’s Strategic Challenges to Socio-Economic Development” and will focus on economic implications.

Founded in November of 2003, the Partnership for Open Society is an open coalition of over 60 organizations, whose purpose is to support and safeguard democratic reforms in Armenia. For more information, please visit www.partnership.am.


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