YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 18, ARMENPRESS: A senior official of the Armenian trade and economic development said today Armenia will open this year trade representations in the USA and Europe. Garegin Melkonian, head of a department for external policy, said the representations will be attached to Armenian embassies in Washington and Brussels. He said Armenia will also have a representative in the World Trade Organizations (WTO).
Melkonian said a great deal of work was done to introduce the institution of economic attaches with Armenian embassies abroad. The Armenian law on Diplomatic Service has specified their status and this was followed by a government decision to establish trade representations in a number of countries.
Armenia has so far a trade representation in Russia. The 2005 budget has earmarked some $105,000 for creation and maintenance of trade representations.