TURKISH- ARMENIAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TABDC
” Did YOU know that there is no U.S quota for Armenian Textile ? ”
“Ermenistan’a tekstilde ABD kotasi olmadigini biliyor muydunuz ?”
1. GROUP OF TURKISH BUSINESSMEN VISITED EREVAN WITH TABDC
2. DOORS TO BRAZIL OPEN FOR ARMENIA
3. WORLD BANK ALLOCATES MONEY FOR REPAIR OF VANADZOR-ALAVERDI HIGHWAY
4. AZNAVOUR POUR L’ARMENIE TO CONTINUE PROVIDING FUNDS FOR NURSING HOUSE IN VANADZOR
5. ARMENIAN PROFESSORS, STUDENTS VISIT TABRIZ UNIVERSITY
6. GERMAN BUNDESTAG DELEGATION IN ARMENIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
7. ARMENIAN PRESIDENT WAS PRESENT AT ARMENIAN-RUSSIAN MILITARY TRAINING
8. PAN-ARMENIAN GAMES UNIFY ARMENIANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
9. “URFALIAN” HUMANITIES CENTER IS OPENED
10. INFORMATION BUREAU OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AGENCY TO ACT
11. ARMENIAN DEFENSE MINISTER SET TO TRAVEL TO MOSCOW LATE IN AUGUST
12. HUNGARY AWARDS MILLENIUM FLAG TO ARMENIAN COMMUNITY
13. INFLUX OF TOURISTS TO ARMENIA CONTINUES
14. PROVINCE OF LORI REPORTS 20% INDUSTRIAL GROWTH
15. HEAD OF CILICIA HOUSE MEETS EGYPT’S AMBASSADOR TO LEBANON
16. BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL MET WITH ARMENIAN PATRIARCH OF ISTANBUL
17. RUSSIA TO SUPPLY NATURAL DIAMONDS TO ARMENIA
18. ARMENIAN MINISTER CONVEYS KOCHARIAN’S CONDOLENCES TO IRANIAN NATION
19. ARMENIAN-AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP SET UP
20. AZERI PRESIDENT TO VISIT IRAN IN MID-SEPTEMBER
21. SWISS AMBASSADOR HANDS IN HIS CREDENTIALS TO ARMENIAN PRESIDENT
22. NEW COMMERCIAL BANK SET UP IN ARMENIA
23 MINISTER VISITS ISRAELI COMPANY IN ARMENIA
24. CONGRESSMAN PALLONE DISCUSSES ARMENIAN-AMERICAN ISSUES
25. POPE WILL VISIT KAZAKHSTAN AND ARMENIA
26. “PRIVATE PROFIT SHOULD ENTER ENERGY SECTOR”, SAYS ROBERT KOCHARIAN
A group of Turkish Businessmen paid a visit to Erevan together with TABDC.
The delegation has been hosted by Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen of Armenia ( UMBA) and met with several Armenian Businessmen in different sectors.Both sides stated that the visit has been very successful, especially for Construction, Textile, Chemicals Metal and mineral Industry representatives.
The deputy chairman of the Armenian parliament Gagik Aslanian received August 20 a delegation from Brazil headed by a Brazilian Armenian businessman Varujan Burmayan, sent to Armenia by president Fernando Enrique Kardozo to seek closer economic and political ties.
The deputy chairman of the Armenian parliament welcomed the delegation in the parliament and expressed hope that the relationship between two countries will become deeper.
Varujan Burmayan said that their main goal is to open an Embassy in Armenia in the near future, which will strengthen political and trade-economic contacts between Brazil and Armenia.
He spoke about the importance of the improving legislative field and said that Armenia couldn’t solve all the legislative problems
in 10 years of independence: Brazil, which became independent almost 500 years ago still has unresolved legislative problems.
“The doors to Brazil are open for Armenia”-said Varujan Burmayan, meaning Armenian businessmen. He brought an official invitation for Armenia’s president Robert Kocharian to visit Brazil.
Gagik Aslanian said that Armenian legislative field gives all the opportunities for the business development in the country. The economic cooperation between two countries has little volumes. The contacts between Armenia and Brazil are made through the mediation of third countries, meanwhile there is nothing to prevent these relations.-0-/39/
World Bank has allocated 20 million Armenian Drams for repair and maintenance of a highway connecting the town of Vanadzor, the administrative center of Lori province with the northern town of Alaverdi.
A senior official of the governor’s office said it was the first money allocation for the repair of roads in the province.-0-/39/
A benevolent fund set up by the world famous French singer of Armenian origin Charles Aznavour, called Aznavour pour l’Armenie has been providing funds for maintenance of a nursing house in Armenia’s third largest town of Vanadzor for already seven years.
Thirty old people have found shelter in the nursing house, another thirty are taken care of in their homes. The nursing house administration has asked the government to take it in its custody. Aznavour pour l’Armenie has pledged to continue providing some $10,000 to the house annualy.-0-/39/
A group of scholars and students from the Persian Language and Literature department of the Iranology center of Yerevan University, visited Tabriz University last Sunday, Iranian IRNA news agency reported. Dean of the Faculty of Persian Language and Literature of Tabriz University Yousef Nowzohour told IRNA reporter that the main objective of the visiting scientific-cultural delegation is to negotiate with the scholars of Tabriz University, and further get acquainted with the ongoing scientific-research activities.
Nowzohour said that during the meeting attended by 25 scholars from Yerevan University, the measures taken towards the promotion and development of Persian language were presented to the participants.
He added, “The scientific delegation conferring with the chancellor of Tabriz University exchanged views on the ways of expanding the mutual scientific ties between the two higher education centers of Iran and Armenia.
A complete series of the publications of the Tabriz University’s Faculty of Persian Literature with a background of 53 years was presented to the delegation as a souvenir.
Tabriz University, established in 1947, is considered as the 2nd greatest higher education center in Iran, and the authentic publication went into circulation by the Faculty of Persian Literature a year later. Some 13,000 students are currently studying at Tabriz University majoring in over 80 subjects and at different levels up to the Ph.D.-0-/39/
The Deputy Speaker of Armenian NA Gagik Aslanian received on August 20 the German Bundestag’s committee on inner affairs’ delegation, led by member of Social Democratic Party Peter Enders. The meeting was attended by the director of parliamentary group on Armenian-German friendship Hranush Hakobian, the member of Armenian Republican Party Hermine Naghdalian, the member of Armenian People’s Party Edmon Tsaturian and the Secretary of “Miasnutyun” Union Gagik Voskanian.
As it was reported from the NA’s press office, Peter Enders said that the members of delegation are visiting Armenia and South Caucasus for the first time and their aim is to get acquainted with the present condition of Armenian economy and with the process of democratic reforms.
The Deputy Speaker Gagik Aslanian said that Armenia realizes the democratic reforms using the international experience. The membership of Armenia to European Council was considered by Gagik Aslanian as a general evaluation of reforms. By the request of German side the priorities of Armenian economy’s development, the features of legislative field, particularly in the sphere of taxation and customs. It was stated that Armenian taxation code corresponds to the international standards, the amounts of taxes were reduced. It was also mentioned that the only way of South Caucasus’ development is to create a general market.
Referring to the economic blockade and regional politics, the member of Christian Democratic Party Erwin Marschewski said “We must try to influence Turkey. But we are not teachers and we should try to settle relations with the neighboring countries here. We will help but you should work together”.
Resuming the meeting, Gagik Aslanian thanked the German government for the attention towards Armenia, which is being displayed in the international structures by support and economic joint programs.-0-/45/
Armenian president was present at the Armenian-Russian military training on August 20 held at the training center after
Baghramian in Armavir.
According to the president’s press office, after the military training Robert Kocharian officially inaugurated the bust of Marshal Hovhannes Baghramian.-0-/45/
About 1700 athletes from 88 countries of the world participate in the second Pan-Armenian Games, launched in Yerevan. The number of guests arrived in Yerevan is more than 5000.
The commentator of “24 Hours” Armenian TV company in Los Angeles Aramais Gharibian Attached a great importance to the Pan-Armenian Games, which unify Armenians from all over the world. According to him, the migration from Armenia during the last 10 years brought in the development of sport in Armenian community of USA.
The leader of Iranian delegation Alfred Havan said that Armenians from Iran actively cooperate with Motherland, inviting 50 coaches to work in Iran every year. He stated that during the last 40 years actively acting Armenian sport structures were established in Iran.-0-/45/
The “Urfalian” center of humanities named after the family, which patronizes the program, was opened in Yerevan’s school number 112.
As it was reported from the “Armenia” pan-Armenian fund’s executive board, the center which has a reading room, computer and lingaphone centers will help to use the educational and methodological programs.
The Urfalians expressed their readiness to provide the center with the technical equipment.-0-/45/
The information bureau of agency on tourism development in Armenia will be officially opened on September 18. The director Raffi Kochian said that the bureau will receive its first visitors earlier. He also informed the “Armenpress” reporter that the foreign tourists and local residents will be able to get information about Armenian places of interest, measurements and services at the bureau’s office as well as from the bureau’s web-site.
An information library will also act in the bureau.-0-/45/
Armenian defense minister Serzh Sarkisian will travel at the end of August to southern Russian city of Astrakhan to participate in the anti-aircraft exercises scheduled by Russian air forces for August 30. From Astrakhan Sarkisian will leave for Moscow to meet Russia’s deputy prime-minister Ilya Klebanov.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how preparation of an extensive range of documents to be made ready by a joint working
Armenian-Russian group in mid-September for Russian president to sign during his upcoming visit to Yerevan was proceeding.
Speaking to reporters last Saturday Sarkisian said Armenia and Russia have agreed on transfer of some of Armenian state-owned enterprises to Russia in return of Armenia’s debt to it, a decision which reportedly is strongly opposed by World Bank. Sarkisian argued that resumption of operation of the enterprises in question and attraction of new investments was more important.-0-/39/
The government of Hungary awarded the Armenian community the “Millennium” memory flag in connection with the 1000th anniversary of Hungary’s statehood.
Armenians and Hungarians, also many guests from Armenia and Transilvania participated in the ceremony, which took place in the Armenian church in Budapest on August 15. The head of the Armenian Catholic Church in Budapest, Father Vahan Hovakimyan and the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Vienna Mashtots Joroyan served a liturgy.
Hungary’s minister for Youth and Sport issues welcomed the Armenian community. He said it was symbolic that the two countries celebrated great anniversaries in the same year: Hungarian’s 1000th anniversary of statehood and Armenian’s 1700th anniversary of Christianity adoption as a state religion.
He spoke about the century long friendship between two nations and Armenian community’s contribution to Hungary. He said that one of his ancestors was Armenian, and that was one of the reasons why he was very much interested in the Armenian art and community’s life.-0-/39/
Some 5,000 athletes, trainers and tourists have already arrived in Armenia from the Armenian Diaspora around the world to participate in and watch the Second Pan-Armenian Games, launched in Yerevan August 18. The influx of tourists is going on and hiring a hotel room in Yerevan has become a problem. Some of the athletes are being placed at the sporting complex in Armenian resort town of Tsakhkadzor, some 40 kilometers off the capital.
Several dozens foreign reporters in addition to 79 local ones will be reporting from the Games.-0-/39/
Local authorities in the Armenian province of Lori have said the industrial growth in the province in the first six months of the current year was 122 percent against the same period of time last year.
The Manex and Valex copper smelter reported a 20 percent growth, whereas last year its output made 80 percent in the overall volume of industrial growth in the first half of last year.
Several other local companies also reported a significant progress in the first half of the year. Thus industrial companies in the provincial center Vanadzor reported a 200 percent growth.
An ore mining and processing company in Akhtala is expected to resume operation this week. It is supposed to process some 120,000 tons of ore annually.
A progress was also reported in the sector of agricultural products procession. In the region of Tashir alone 28 cheese making companies are operating this year against 8 in 2000.-0-/39/
The head of the Great House of Cilicia Catholicos Aram I met on Saturday Egypt’s ambassador to Lebanon Abdel El Khutari.
The Cilicia press office said that issues related to Lebanese-Egyptian relations and Lebanon’s current situation were discussed. The ambassador praised the Armenian community of Lebanon for contributing to the country’s development and also referred to relations between the Great House of Cilicia and the Coptic Church of Egypt.-0-/39/
The head of the Armenian Church in Turkey Patriarch Mesrob II of Istanbul and all Turkey received the newly appointed British Consul General Dr. Robert Short at the patriarchal summer residence on the Isle of Kinali, on 16 August.
Dr. Short, a Classics scholar, is well acquainted with masterpieces of Armenian architecture. He learned about the Armenian community in Turkey from the Patriarch and was interested about the state of church and community institutions.
His Beatitude congratulated Her Majesty’s Consul General and wished him success in his new position. Then, the Patriarch briefed the British diplomat about the Armenian religious, educational, social and charitable institutions in Turkey. He added that Turkish citizens of Armenian descent continue to live peacefully in this country and do their best to preserve their spiritual and cultural heritage.
He explained that, as all other minorities, the Armenian community also has various issues, but said they should be resolved through a sound dialogue with the government. His Beatitude underlined that he does not approve of any attempts from within or outside Turkey which aim to politicize the issues. He said the words of Jesus, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God (Mt. 5:9),” also provide guidance for dialogue.
Dr. Short was accompanied by Consulate press officer Ms Najma Khan and pastor of the Anglican Church in Istanbul, the Very Revd Canon Ian Sherwood.-0-/39/
The Armenian diamond-cutting factory Shogakn will receive 34,000 carats of natural diamonds from Russia in 2001 as stipulated in the Armenian-Russian protocol signed on April 26, 2001, Moscow-based Pravda daily reported.
This amount of diamond corresponds to the quota of diamonds supplies from Russia to this Armenian company. In addition, Russia will annually supply 300,000 carats of raw diamonds that are unfit for jewelry. It is worth mentioning that Shogakn was bought by the Israeli LLD on July 19, 2000 for $370,000. The Israeli company promised to invest $2.265 million in the Armenian diamond enterprise over the next 2.5 years.-0-/39/
Armenian Energy Minister Karen Galustian on Thursday arrived in the northeastern Iranian city of Tabriz to convey the Armenian president’s condolences and sympathy with the Iranian nation and the government over the recent deaths of over 200 in flash floods in northeastern Golestan province, Iranian IRNA news agency reported.
He was greeted by East Azerbaijan Governor General Yahya Mohammadzadeh. During his stay in Tabriz, in addition to holding talks with Moahammadzadeh, he also visited Tabriz 9th International Trade Fair and the dispatching unit of regional power at Tabriz thermal power plant.
Galustian, also the Armenian head of Iranian-Armenian Joint Economic Commission, said that the purpose of his trip was to enhance the economic ties between the two countries. He said that East Azerbaijan plays a significant role in implementation of this objective by enjoying plant potential facilities.
In the recent five-day visit of a political and economic delegation from East Azerbaijan province to Armenian Republic three memoranda of understanding were signed for economic and commercial cooperation in the fields of trade cooperation development and supplying raw materials required by the Armenian industries by East Azerbaijan party and erection of soap, beverages, light bulbs and cigarettes manufacturing plants by the Armenian side to be established in Julfa Special Economic Zone.
At present some 19 percent of the Armenian Republic’s foreign trade is made with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The amount of non-petroleum exports by Iran to Armenia is estimated around 120 million dollars.
As one of the most important economic poles of Iran, East Azerbaijan plays a determining role in enhancing the relations between Iran and Armenia owing to 35 kilometers joint land border between the two countries.
Statistics show the level of economic trade between East Azerbaijan province and Armenia at about 36 million dollars last year. Nodooz frontier custom house in Julfa is one of the most active customs in the province in trade with Armenia. -0-/39/
The Armenian National Committee of Australia welcomed last week the announcement of the official formation of the Armenia-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
For more that 18 months ANC Australia has been working closely with The Hon. Joe Hockey MP, Federal Minister for Financial Services and Regulation and Member for North Sydney in helping to establish this Parliamentary Friendship Group. These activities led to the public announcement by the Minister Hockey during his keynote address at this year’s Armenian Genocide Commemoration of the initiative to set up this Parliamentary Friendship Group.
“This historic announcement is greatly welcomed by the Armenian National Committee of Australia, and by the Armenian-Australian Community as a whole.” said Dr Tro Kortian, President of ANC Australia.
“We would like to convey our sincere appreciation and gratitude to The Hon Joe Hockey for his initiative and dedication in making the Armenia-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group a reality, and to all the members of this Parliamentary Friendship Group. We look forward to working closely with Armenia-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group in developing even closer ties between Armenia and Australia.” Dr Kortian continued.-0-/39/
Azerbaijan’s President Heydar Aliyev is scheduled to pay an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran in mid September, Caspian news agency (CNA) reported on Saturday.
Earlier, the Azeri Foreign Minister Vilayet Guliyev spoke with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi on the preparation of the visit and agreed on the visit of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Ali Akhani to Baku for discussing the Azeri-Iranian problems in the Caspian Sea. Ten international agreements between Azerbaijan and Iran are to be touched upon in Tehran on high level.-0-/39/
The newly appointed ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Armenia Stefan Spek (with residence in Tbilisi, Georgia) handed in his credentials today to Armenia’s president Robert Kocharian.
Kocharian press office quoted the two men as expressing the willingness of the two countries to develop both political and economic relations between the two countries.
“Switzerland is a unique country in many respects and it is of great interest to Armenia,” Kocharian was quoted by his press office as saying. “We emphasize development of our relations with Switzerland on both bilateral and general European context,” Kocharian said, adding that the presence of Swiss ambassador in the region would help it better understand the developments occurring here and create possibilities for more active contacts.
Noting that his country was closely following the South Caucasian developments, ambassador Spek said his country was interested in the establishment of peace in the entire region and welcomed the efforts of presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia aimed at ending the Karabagh conflict.
The two men also referred to Armenian-Swiss economic relations development. Kocharian cited several Swiss companies, such as Frank Muller, Andre Group, ABB, which are implementing successful projects in Armenia.-0-/39/
Armenia’s Central Bank has said it has given its preliminary consent to issue a license to the newly-established closed-type joint-stock company Unibank.
Unibank will be the first bank in Armenia with a registered capital of 5m dollars. This is 100-per-cent foreign investment in Armenia’s banking system, as the founders of the bank are non-residents.-0-/39/
A government delegation led by the minister of state property David Vardanian traveled on Wednesday to the town of Nor Hajn, some 25 kilometers off the capital Yerevan to see how a local Shoghakn diamond processing company obtained by an Israeli company was meeting its contractual obligations.
An Israeli LLD company bought the entire stakes of the company in 2000. The company’s executive manager Sergey Gasparian told the minister that the new owner not only met its obligations set by the first stage of the contract but also over-fulfilled them increasing the number of jobs by 300. Now the company employs 500 workers with an average wages of $180. Under its takeover obligations the company is to increase the number of jobs up to 1,300 with average wages of $300.
The company has added another two shops to the existing three which are engaged in designing work. It now processes monthly 3,000 carats of raw diamond, but its capacities are enough to process some 10,000 a month.
The executive manager complained of low quality raw diamonds received from Russia which make only 10 percent in the overall volume of raw diamonds received by the company. The rest comes from South Africa.-0-/39/
Armenian National Committee (ANC) activists met with Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Co-Chair Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ Sixth District) on August 7th at his Monmouth District office in Long Branch, NJ to discuss issues of concern to Armenian-Americans, an ANC press release says. The delegation members included Aram Adishian, Chairman of the ANC of NJ, Kim Arzoumanian of the ANC of NJ, and Robert Setrakian of the ANC of NY.
The ANC representatives began by thanking Pallone for his ongoing support of Armenian-American issues, especially noting his leadership and assistance during the recent foreign appropriations process.
Prompted by widespread concern within the community, the ANC delegation expressed deep reservations about the recently announced Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission.
The meeting also discussed the recent cuts in US aid to Armenia in the House of Representatives’ Foreign Aid Appropriations Bill. Congressman Pallone is optimistic that the full $90 million in aid that Armenia received last year will be restored when the House and Senate bills are reconciled, and stated that the Caucus on Armenian Issues would be vigilant in attempting to maintain future aid levels. Also discussed in the hour-long meeting were the improved political climate in Armenia and concerns about the pending Nagorno-Karabagh negotiations.
ANC of NJ Chairman Aram Adishian praised the Congressman, “The Armenian-American community is very grateful to Congressman Pallone, not only for his dedicated work with the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, but also for truly listening to the concerns that Armenian-Americans bring to his attention.”-0-/39/
The Pope will visit Kazakhstan and Armenia next month. He said on August 15 that the visit continues the number of visits made by him to formal Soviet republics’ Christian churches.
Pope will arrive to Kazakhstan on September 22 by the invitation of the president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev. The residence of Catholic church was founded in Kazakhstan in 1991.
Pope will visit Armenia on September 25 for participating in the celebration of the 1700th Anniversary of Adoption of Christianity in Armenia.-0-/45/
The work directed to big enterprises’ privatization is quite active lately and differs from the voucher privatization, said Robert Kocharian during the press conference at the Nubarashen garment factory. He also said that the privatization process made people to become owners of real estate but did not obliged them to put the privatized enterprises into action.
At the present moment, said Kocharian, the privatization process implies the putting enterprises into action, solving social problems of employees. He also said that except energy sphere almost all economy of the republic is based on private profit. He expressed a hope for media’s support to the privatization of energy sector and stated that the private profit should enter the energy sector as well.-0-/45/
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