We Shall Have Sustainable and Prosperous Communities


On November 10, the 5th forum of the rural communities was held in the City of Jermuk, the RA Vayots Dzor. It was organized by the RA TAES Ministry.

The forum aims at sustainable development of rural communities at all levels of local self-government and rural communities to discuss exchange of experience and information on rural programs and policies.

Such meetings provide an opportunity to focus on rural community issues, exchange of experience and information, to support the rural communities development by dialogues between the concerned agencies and organizations.

The forum was attended by the RA Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, the RA TAES Minister Armen Yeritsyan, members of the Government, NA Deputies, the RA Governors and 129 community heads, the members of the Council of Elders, representatives of about three dozen local and international organizations.

The RA TAES Minister Armen Yeritsyan delivered opening speech and congratulated the colleagues on Local Self - Government Day.

Welcoming the organizers and participants of the forum, the RA Prime Minister H. Abrahamyan particularly stated:

-This year’s agenda features issues related to agriculture and tourism spheres. The first refers to the employment and income of rural population, and the second treats of emerging business opportunities. A special focus is placed on farmer’s needs. I have always been mindful of the problem of sales of farm products. At the same time, efforts are underway to extend the coverage of irrigated lands and irrigation systems. We are also making consistent efforts to create and implement information systems in the communities. The vivid evidence of what I mentioned is the international award won by Armenia at the “Open Government Partnership Initiative’s Global Forum held in the city of Mexico in October, for the program on introduction of community management information systems in regional administrations. I assure, that the reforms will be continued. I am sure, that we’ll have prosperous communities offering sustainable habitat.

For valuable contribution to the development of local self-government in Armenia, H. Abrahamyan awarded the Prime Minister’s commemorative medal to USAID Armenia Mission Director Karen Hilliard, Honored Professor at the University of Strasbourg, Council of Europe expert Robert Herzog and the Head of Yelpin community of Vayots Dzor region of Armenia Khoren Avetisyan.

For active participation in the system of local self-government, the Head of the government awarded the Prime Minister’s commemorative medal to President of the “Association of Women with University Education” NGO Jemma Hasratyan.

The Prime Minister praised the role played by The World Bank, the USAID, German Agency for International Cooperation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, as well as other international organizations in promoting administrative reforms in Armenia.

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