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Armenia-Diaspora Conference 2002 Report

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Armenian News Network / Groong
May 29, 2002

By Hrach Kaspar


A business seminar was held today in the historical Government
Assembly Hall in Yerevan within the framework of the second Armenia
Diaspora Conference. The event was moderated by Mr. Vahram
Nersissiants, Chief Economic Adviser to the President of the Republic
of Armenia.

Mr. Vahagn Movsisyan, Managing Director of the Armenian Development
Agency, first detailed on the mandate and structure of his
organization, as well as the services provided to foreign
investors. The newly published Armenia Exports CD Catalogue 2002 was
then presented by Mr. Artavazd Ghazarian, Director of the Armenian
Enterprise Support Fund.

Key presenters at the seminar included Mr. Melcon Arzumanian on the
future project of Yerevan Airport Free Zone, Mr. Gagik Arzumanian on
the Armenian Copper Program, Mr. Serge Adamian on the SolarEn's
high-technology innovations, Mr. Armen Khandkarian on the Armenian
banking system and Areximbank, Ms. Nina Hovnanian on the Armenian
Tourism Development Agency and Mr. Gary Kilmer on 20 agriculture and
agri-food sector companies.

Some 150 business people attended the seminar and met with local
entrepreneurs to discuss new and ongoing investment projects. The 2002
Yellow Pages of Armenian Business was distributed by the Spyur
Publishing House, together with other handouts by local companies. All
presentation were simultaneously interpreted in English and Armenian
and most were aided by audiovisual instruments.

Following the main presentations, several commentators voiced their
opinions on the investment climate in Armenia. They included
Mr. Vahagn Hovnanian of the Vahagni Group, Mr. Arsen Ghazarian of the
Union of Manufacturers and Businesses of Armenia, Mr. Levon Thorose of
the Armenian Engineers and Scientists Association of America,
Mr. Levon Aharonian of the Armenia-Iran Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Artin
Etemekjian of the Armenian Australian Chamber of Commerce and
Mr. Vazken Terzian of the Canadian Armenian Business Council.

This event concluded the series of business initiatives organized
within the framework of the second Armenia Diaspora Conference.

For further information please contact Mr. Hrach Kaspar

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