Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations

 

Japan decided to lift visa requirements with Armenia Japan decided to lift visa requirements with Armenia
/Sept 3/News.am/

YEREVAN. – Japan has always underscored the importance of having friendly relations with Armenia which is Japan’s partner in terms of fundamental values, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said during a media briefing in Yerevan.

“It is a great honor to visit Armenia as a Foreign Minister of Japan. Taking into account 26 years of diplomatic relations, I would like to express my gratitude to the Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan for warm reception. During the meeting we discussed issues on further development of Japan-Armenia relations. For instance, Japan will be working with Armenia in terms of increasing the qualification of young diplomats and lawyers,” Kono said, adding that Japan decided to lift visa requirements for the citizens of Armenia.


Armenian-Japanese relations to be deepened (video)
/Sept 3/A1+/

The joint press conference of Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono and Armenian foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan took place in Yerevan.

“We have discussed how we can deepen the relations with Armenia. Japan will cooperate with Armenia in training young lawyers. A decision was made to facilitate visa regime for the citizens of Armenia. Japan plans to join the international support ahead of the expected elections in Armenia,” the Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono said.

He also attached importance to the stability in the Caucasus region.

“The Caucasian region is the section uniting Asia to Europe. Stability is very important here. We have presented an initiative for the regional development, the first one is the support of human resources, the second one is the support to improving infrastructures and business environment. We would like the cooperation with Armenia to be based on these issues,” Taro Kono said.

The two foreign ministers also touched upon the North Korea issue during their meeting. The Japanese FM told reporters that he will continue to take steps to materialize the agreements reached with the Armenian counterpart.
 

Japan's FM unveils aid plans for Armenia
/Sept 4/ NHK WORLD, Japan/

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has announced plans for aid to Armenia during a visit to the former Soviet republic.
The announcement came after he met his Armenian counterpart Zorab Mnatsakanyan on Monday.
Kono's visit to Armenia is the first by a Japanese Cabinet minister. He is currently on a tour of 3 countries in the Caucasus region.
At a joint news conference after the meeting, Kono described the Caucasus region as a gateway linking Asia with Europe. He said Japan is ready to help the region grow in a self-reliant manner, as stability in the area directly leads to global peace and safety.
Kono unveiled the plans to support Armenia, apparently in response to China's increasing economic presence in the region. They include bringing Armenian students in Japan to study the rule of law.
Referring to China's increasing influence not only in the Caucasus region, but also in Africa, Kono said Japan welcomes Chinese economic involvement that would ultimately result in global growth.
But he added that China's infrastructure projects must meet international criteria in terms of transparency, openness and the fiscal soundness of recipients.
 

Armenian FM announced opening of direct flight between Yerevan and Tokyo
/Sept 3/Arminfo/Marianna Mkrtchyan/

Today is an important day in the Armenian- Japanese relations, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated on September 3 at a joint press conference with the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

At the same time, he added that this is the first visit at the level of the Japanese Foreign Minister to Armenia. Mnatsakanyan recalled that last year Armenia and Japan celebrated the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and this visit is a good opportunity to sum up the cooperation, and to outline further directions for dynamically developing relations. Mnatsakanyan also expressed his gratitude to Kono for visiting the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex. "Over the past 26 years, our bilateral agenda has been developing and is quite rich, and we highly appreciate Japan's constant presence on the agenda of Armenia's constant development." The assistance provided to Armenia by Japan over these years is significant: during this period, the Japanese side granted us a preferential loan of about $ 300 million, grants in the amount of $ 79 million, and also provided technical support in the amount of about $ 11.5 million. More than 600 specialists were retrained in Japan, "the Armenian minister said, adding that this agenda will be continuous.

The Armenian FM stressed that the innovation, infrastructure development, development of democratic institutions in Armenia, including involvement in the forthcoming extraordinary parliamentary elections are the priority areas of cooperation between Armenia and Japan. "We focused on contacts between people. As you know, Armenia has liberalized the visa regime for the citizens of Japan and we expect that in the near future, the Japanese side will also take steps in this direction for our citizens. We also hope that in the near future a direct flight between Yerevan and Tokyo will open, "the Armenian FM noted.

At the same time, he stressed that on the agenda of the meeting were also topical issues of the international and regional agenda. Mnatsakanyan informed that he presented to the Japanese counterpart the framework in which Armenia is involved in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the position on an exclusively peaceful settlement of the conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, and the need to create an atmosphere for establishing peace. The Armenian Minister stressed that the issues of security and the status are priority ones for Armenia in the settlement of the conflict.

In conclusion, Mnatsakanyan stressed that within the framework of the visit, his Japanese counterpart will hold meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Armenia, and will also visit the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies.
 

Brazil hopes for development of relations with Armenia, ambassador says
/Sept 5/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The Embassy of Brazil in Armenia has done some research in  Armenia’s business environment to have found  that in terms of exports its market is not large, nonetheless the Embassy continues efforts to  bring  new Brazilian investors to Armenia,"  Brazil’s Ambassador to Armenia Agemar de Mendonca Sanctos said to Armenian journalists today.
According to him, despite the enormous potential, the trade turnover between the two countries is currently insufficient. He said Brazilian exports to Armenian stand at about $30 million a year, while imports from Armenia do not exceed $1 million. The ambassador noted also that Armenian wines and cognac are very poorly presented in the Brazilian market. According to the ambassador, there is huge potential of cooperation between the two countries in agriculture, as Brazil is the world's second largest exporter of agricultural goods.

He said in 2009-2010 the two countries were to carry out a joint agricultural project, but for unknown reasons, it was failed. ‘Now  we hope that it will be resumed," he said.
Sanctos said that during the "velvet revolution" two Brazilian trade missions arrived in Armenia, but the joint projects were frozen, as it was unclear how the events would  develop further.
He said  the Brazilian Senate has already ratified the agreement on cooperation with Armenia in the field of education, and now significant steps are needed in terms of  support and financing," said Sanctos.

 

Armenia-USA Relations

Conference aimed at boosting Armenian-American trade and investment ties held in Yerevan
/Sept 5/ArmenPress/

YEREVAN – The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and the U.S. Commercial Service in Moscow, in partnership with IDBank, organized a one-day conference focused on franchise business opportunities on September 5 in Yerevan. The event is part of an ongoing effort to foster trade and investment between the United States and Armenia. The conference gave participants rare and valuable early access to well-known American brands eager to enter the Armenian market, the US embassy said.

“I know there are many success stories waiting to be written here today,” Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. said at the event’s opening. “It is my hope that we, at the U.S. Embassy, can set the stage for success by connecting Armenian and American companies. Then we can step back and let you do what you do best and build your businesses.”

The franchise conference brought U.S. and Armenian businesses together, helping to forge new partnerships in various sectors, including hospitality, retail, and tourism. More than 50 Armenian business leaders and government officials attended the conference, along with representatives from three U.S. corporations: Papa John’s Pizza, Baskin Robbins, and Domino’s Pizza. The American business representatives presented their franchise concepts and learned about the Armenian business environment.

Along with presentations from each of the American franchise businesses, participants heard from well-known Armenian organizations about business, financial, and legal considerations, including the importance of intellectual property rights as franchising in Armenia develops further.

The event builds on the success of a similar event in 2015 which resulted in Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt opening two franchises with local partners in the region, the US Embassy said in a press release.
 

U.S. Embassy's Franchise Conference Connects American Businesses With Armenian Investors
/Sept 5/Targeted News Service/

The U.S. Embassy in Armenia issued the following news:

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and the U.S. Commercial Service in Moscow, in partnership with IDBank, organized a one-day conference focused on franchise business opportunities on September 5 in Yerevan. The event is part of an ongoing effort to foster trade and investment between the United States and Armenia. The conference gave participants rare and valuable early access to well-known American brands eager to enter the Armenian market.

"I know there are many success stories waiting to be written here today," Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. said at the event's opening. "It is my hope that we, at the U.S. Embassy, can set the stage for success by connecting Armenian and American companies. Then we can step back and let you do what you do best and build your businesses."

The franchise conference brought U.S. and Armenian businesses together, helping to forge new partnerships in various sectors, including hospitality, retail, and tourism. More than 50 Armenian business leaders and government officials attended the conference, along with representatives from three U.S. corporations: Papa John's Pizza, Baskin Robbins, and Domino's Pizza. The American business representatives presented their franchise concepts and learned about the Armenian business environment.

Along with presentations from each of the American franchise businesses, participants heard from well-known Armenian organizations about business, financial, and legal considerations, including the importance of intellectual property rights as franchising in Armenia develops further.

The event builds on the success of a similar event in 2015 which resulted in Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt opening two franchises with local partners in the region.

 

Armenia-Russia Relations

Հայ-ռուսական հարաբերությունները կայուն զարգանում են բոլոր ուղղություններով. Պուտին
/sept 7/Verelq.am/

Ռուսաստանի և Հայաստանի հարաբերությունները կայուն զարգանում են բոլոր ուղղություններով: Այդ մասին հայտարարել է Ռուսաստանի նախագահ Վլադիմիր Պուտինը՝ Հայաստանի վարչապետ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի հետ բանակցությունների ժամանակ:

Ինչպես հայտնում է РИА Новости-ն, հանդիպման սկզբում նախագահը նշել է երկկողմ հարաբերությունների առանձնահատկությունը: «Այսօրվա դրությամբ Ռուսաստանի և Հայաստանի միջև հարաբերությունները կայուն զարգանում են բոլոր ուղղություններով: Սա վերաբերում է քաղաքական, ռազմական ոլորտի, անվտանգության հարցերի, տնտեսական համագործակցության ոլորտներում հարաբերություններին… Ես պատրաստ եմ ճշգրտել երկարաժամկետ հեռանկարում մեր փոխգործակցությունը», – ասել է Պուտինը` ընդգծելով Ռուսաստանի առաջնորդությունը Հայաստանի ներդրումային ոլորտում:
Նա ընդգծել է համագործակցությունն էներգետիկ ոլորտում, նշելով ռուսական գազի մատակարարման ցածր գները Հայաստանի համար՝ 1000 խմ համար 150 դոլար, նաև հիշատակելով միջուկային և ջերմային էներգետիկան:
«Կապերը զարգանում են մետալուրգիայի և մեքենաշինության ոլորտում: Ընդհանուր առմամբ, մենք խոսելու բան ունենք», – ասել է Պուտինը` նշելով, որ անցյալ տարի ապրանքաշրջանառության աճը կազմել է մոտ 30 տոկոս՝ հույս հայտնելով, որ ցուցանիշը տարվա վերջ էլ ավելի կաճի:


Armenia’s PM, Russia’s President to study the gas price formation mechanism
/Sept 9/Aysor/

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan briefed to the Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation created over gas tariff in Armenia.

“I have told him that in reality not Armenia gets the Russian gas for 150$ but Gazprom-Armenia company. We agreed to study the whole mechanism of price formation and the contract base. This information was new for Russian president,” Pashinyan said, adding that he told Putin that Armenian people pay rather high tariff as compared with other CIS countries.

“Putin was quite surprised and said he ordered to ensure low gas tariff for Armenian people,” Pashinyan noted. Putin even remembered that he ordered it after visiting Gyumri and seeing the hard-social situation of the people there.

“I have told him that unfortunately his decision did not serve its purpose. During the conversation we decided to study the scheme of price formation and try to understand what may be done,” Pashinyan said.
 

Armenian PM says has relations of trust with Russian president
/Sept 9/TASS/

YEREVAN – On Saturday, Nikol Pashinyan paid a working visit to Moscow. He has relations of trust exists with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I returned from Moscow late in the evening. We discussed most important issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I would like to say that we have managed to establish trust between us," he said when addressing people in the Armenian city of Idzhevan, a TASS correspondent reported from the site.

"This mutual trust will promote direct Russian investments to Armenia," he stressed.

Pashinyan said earlier there were no problems between his country and Russia, with relations between the two states being at a "brilliant" level.

On September 8, the Armenian prime minister paid a working visit to Moscow and met with the Russian president.
 

Pashinyan: Armenia and Russia plan joint humanitarian program in Syria
/Sept 9/News.am/

Armenia and Russia will soon implement a joint humanitarian program in Aleppo, city in Syria, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian told reporters after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on September 8, Sputnik Armenia reported.

"The main goal of the project is to help the Armenian community of Aleppo and Syria. I am very happy that our countries adopted this joint decision, and representatives of the Armenian Defense Ministry's humanitarian mission will act under the flag of Armenia, "Pashinyan said.

Pashinyan expressed hope that other representatives of the international community will also be involved in the process.

The head of the Armenian government stressed that the program will be a completely humanitarian one and will not contain any military component.
 

Putin suggests comparing notes on current and midterm issues at meeting with Armenia’s PM
/Sept 8/ITAR-TASS/

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin made a proposal to compare notes on current and midterm matters at a meeting with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan.

"I am very glad to see for comparing notes in respect of our interaction at present and in the midterm perspective," the Russian leader said at the start of talks.

Russia steadily keeps the first place among economic partners of Armenia and is the largest investor into the economy of the republic, Putin said. The Russian President noted diversified nature of trade and economic ties between two countries. "These are energy, including hydrocarbons energy, gas supplies at the lowest prices for global gas deliveries by Gazprom – $150 per thousand cubic meters, nuclear energy and thermal generation," Putin said. Relations are also developing in the metals sector and in machine-building, he added.

Growth of trade turnover between Russia and Armenia by almost 30% is encouraging, Putin said. Growth over the first half of this year was also above 22%, the Russian leader said. "If it goes on in the same manner, we will be above last-year figures," Putin added.

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