YEREVAN, March 2. /ARKA/. The Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of Armenia has signed a cooperation agreement with the resident office of Rossotrudnichestvo, a state agency promoting Russia’s cultural ties with the rest of the world, the resident office’s press service reported on Friday.
According to the press release, the key aim of the agreement is to contribute to development of small and medium businesses as part of cooperation between the two countries.
Special attention will be paid to creation of new jobs in Armenia’s provinces.
The agreement will help Armenian and Russian manufacturers and consumers establish ties.
Welcoming this initiative, Viktor Krivopuskov, head of Rossotrudnichestvo’s resident office in Armenia and adviser at Russia’s embassy in Yerevan, stressed the importance of this agreement saying that it would establish new economic cooperation as part of firm partnership and allied relations between the two countries.
“Russian-Armenian diplomatic relationship turns 20 in this year’s April,” he said. “We view this anniversary in the context of intergovernmental, inter-parliamentary and interregional relations.”
Krivopuskov also spoke on trade and economic ties between Armenia and Russia as well as on joint companies. He said that 80% of Armenia’s investments are Russian.
Arsen Ghazaryan, the president of the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers), on his side, expressed hope for effective cooperation and solution of problems with joint efforts.
Artashes Bakhchyan, deputy territorial administration minister, who spoke at the signing ceremony as well, called the cooperation prospects very promising.
Speaking on behalf of the government, he pledged support to all initiatives.
Krivopuskov and Ghazaryan answered entrepreneurs’ questions.
Upon completion of the official ceremony, Rossotrudnichestvo in Armenia in Force documentary was shown.
Anahit Simonyan, operational head of UNIDO Yerevan Office, representatives of Armenian Development Agency, Magdi Hasanov, deputy head of Rossotrudnichestvo resident office in Armenia, Martitos Martirosyan, executive director of Russian-Armenian Interregional Center, and entrepreneurs attended the ceremony. -0---