197 participants, 110 of which Diaspora-Armenian businessmen from 25 countries, were registered to attend Armenian Trade Network’s 4th Armenia-Diaspora Business Forum. The Forum was held with the support of the Office of High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs. According to Deputy PM Tigran Avinyan Armenians have been a global commercial nation during history by creating networks from Singapore to Venice, Cairo to Amsterdam, and following the same logic this event gathered successful businessmen from different parts of the world enabling to build new bridges between the business communities of Armenia and the Diaspora. Chairman of the ATN Board Hrach Gaspar noted that the Armenian Trade Network can present an invaluable value both in the communities of Armenia and the Diaspora.
Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Avinyan participated on October 10 in the 4th business forum of the Armenian Trade Network. In his speech he appreciated the event as an opportunity to build new bridges between the business communities of Armenia and Diaspora, stressing that Armenians had been a global commercial nation during history. “At the moment deep reforms are underway aimed at improving the business climate, creating the best conditions for the local and foreign investors”, he said (see also).
Minister of High-Technological Industry of Armenia, Hakob Arshakyan, attended the “Outline of Armenia-Diaspora Sustainable Economic Partnership” 4th Business Forum of the Armenian Trade Network, and delivered a report, entitled “New Armenia, New Opportunities.” He touched upon the opportunities which the incumbent Armenian government enables for the development of the high-tech sector in the context of the new reality of Armenia, the programs aimed at the development of this sector, and the respective steps being taken.
High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan in his remarks highlighted the activity of the Armenian Trade Network which has turned into a platform for exchange of experience between the Armenian businessmen, implementing new projects and initiatives in the Homeland. “I am convinced that we have a huge pan-national potential, and it will enable to gradually change and raise to a new level the Armenia-Diaspora partnership, in particular in the business sector”, Mr. Sinanyan said.
Deputy Minister of Economy Varos Simonyan presented the economic policy implemented by the Government of Armenia, their current toolkit and efforts to attract investment, promote export and create new markets, as well as the preferential trade regimes which Armenia can take advantage of. Deputy Minister of Economy Naira Margaryan touched upon the inclusion in the economy, which is a priority for Armenia, noting that SMEs play a big role in it.