Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations


China ready to enhance cooperation with Armenia to advance Silk Road project
/Nov 21/ARKA/

YEREVAN – China is ready to enhance cooperation with Armenia in the context of joint promotion of the Silk Road project, China’s Ambassador to Armenia Tian Erlong told reporters on Wednesday on the sidelines of an international conference in Yerevan, marking the 40th anniversary of China’s policy of reforms and opening, launched in 1978 by China’s then Communist leader Deng Xiaoping.

He said China looks at Armenia as a friendly country in the region backed by historical ties. According to the ambassador, now the relations between the two  countries are very good and the cooperation potential is very large and therefore, in the context of joint promotion of the Silk Road project, Beijing sees great opportunities for cooperation with Armenia, for example, in the construction sector, infrastructure improvements, IT and high technology.
He said the revival of the Silk Road project implies, first of all, establishment of mutual interconnection between  Europe and Asia to enhance integration trends. The ambassador noted also that the priority sectors of cooperation are transport, energy and telecommunications.
"Armenia is a landlocked country. This is why this is an urgent issue. China is now the country with the largest scale of infrastructure construction, and we can offer our assistance," Erlong said.
The ambassador stressed that China is the second largest economy in the world and the number one trading partner for more than 130 countries. 
The conference, organized by the Chinese Embassy in Armenia and the Noravank Research Foundation, was attended by members of the government, the parliament, representatives of some embassies, as well as by experts from Armenia and other countries.

Armenian government negotiates $500 million worth investment projects
/Nov 21/ARKA/

YEREVAN – During a visit to Aragatsotn province today Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said his government was negotiating a total of $500 million worth investment projects, part of which are already underway.

 “When the agreements on creation of new plants materialize, next year the economy of our country will make a U-turn,” he said.
Pashinyan said he was talking about the construction of several plants that will change the economic image of the country. He said the government will do everything in its power to help these projects materialize.
He said agriculture was, remains and will remain a strategic direction. “When we talk about the introduction of new technologies, I emphasize every time that their use should not affect the environmental cleanliness of our products,” said Pashinyan.

US sanctions will not affect Armenia’s ties with Iran
/Nov 21/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The "toughest ever" sanctions unleashed by US against Iran  will not  affect Armenia’s long-term cooperation with Iran in the energy sector, according to Armenia’s acting Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources  Garegin Baghramyan.
Speaking at a news conference today he said a few days ago a team of U.S. officials, who arrived in Armenia to explain to the Armenian government and private sector the implications of economic sanctions reimposed against neighboring Iran, was told that in view of the blockade imposed on Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey, there is no other alternative to Yerevan except for Iran. He said Armenian officials recalled during the meeting that previous US sanctions against Iran had not affected the  energy cooperation between Armenia and Iran.
Baghramyan stressed that energy cooperation with Iran is necessary for Armenia for preserving the energy balance in the power grid as well as to ensure the continuous operation of the Armenian nuclear power plant.
"The power transmission lines with Iran are very important to us, and the US realizes that Armenian-Iranian cooperation in energy will not cause problems," he said.
The third high-voltage overhead 400 kV power transmission line with (funded by the Iranian government) is being built between Armenia and Iran. It is supposed to increase the capacity for electricity flows between the two countries threefold from the current 350 MW. 
On Nov. 5, Washington reimposed sanctions on Tehran, targeting the country's banks, airline, shipping firms and atomic energy agency, which had been lifted in 2016 after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).  In May 2018 US President Donald Trump announced the United States withdrawal from the agreement.

Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine to cooperate in deposit insurance
/Nov 21/Belarus News (BelTA)/

MINSK – The Deposit Compensation Agency of Belarus will sign memorandums of cooperation and understanding with the Deposit Guarantee Fund of Armenia and the Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine, Deputy Director General of the Belarusian agency Svetlana Lega told the media on 21 November, BelTA has learned.

“We plan to sign bilateral memorandums of cooperation with the agencies of Armenia and Ukraine. This will ease the exchange of information in the deposit compensation systems and the sharing of experience with a view to improving them,” Svetlana Lega said.

The Deposit Compensation Agency of Belarus has been established with a view to guaranteeing the compensation of monetary assets deposited by natural persons in bank accounts and in non-banking credit and finance institutions.

The international conference “The deposit insurance system: challenges and look into the future” is running in Minsk on 21-22 November. The organizer is the Deposit Compensation Agency. The event is attended by government representatives, experts from the World Bank and the International Association of Deposit Insurers, the heads of the deposit insurance agencies of the EAEU countries, Europe and the Middle East. The conference participants will get acquainted with the best world practices and exchange experiences in the use and development of deposit insurance systems.

Armenia and UAE intend to develop a concept for the development of medical tourism between the countries
/Nov 22/Arminfo/Alina Oganesyan/

The Ministry of Health of Armenia signed a memorandum with the Arab company Bainona Engineering Consultancy (UAE) on cooperation in the design, construction, equipment and management of medical institutions. This is stated in the official statement of the Ministry.

Within the framework of the memorandum, the parties undertake to develop a concept for the development of medical tourism between Armenia and the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, a roadmap will be jointly defined, indicating the next steps, required resources and deadlines for implementation.

"The cooperation will contribute to the development of the sphere and will serve as a stimulus for attracting foreign investment in the health sector of Armenia", – noted in the source. Note that LLC "Bainona Engineering Consultancy" was founded in 1994 in the UAE. The company specializes in design, construction and design consulting.

Belarus, Armenia to implement four joint projects as part of EU's Horizon 2020 program
/Nov 28/Belarus News (BelTA)/

MINSK – Belarusian and Armenian scientists will carry out four joint projects in the sphere of economy, science and education, and information and communication technologies within the framework of the European Union's research and innovation program Horizon 2020. The statement was made by Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus Alexander Shumilin at a session of the Belarusian-Armenian R&D cooperation commission, BelTA has learned.

Belarus-Armenia R&D cooperation advances vigorously via the Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research and the Belarusian-Armenian contest of R&D projects. As a result of the contest four projects in the area of nanotechnology, biophysics, cell engineering, and ecology have been added to the Belarusian-Armenian science, technology, and innovation cooperation program for 2019-2020. “Those are global, serious projects at the forefront of scientific and technological advance. Plans have been made to develop supercapacitors, functional nanostructured sol-gel films for making solar cells,” said Alexander Shumilin.

At present over 100 R&D projects are being implemented in Armenia in association with Belarus, USA, Italy, China, and other countries. “Belarus is our main partner, with which we fruitfully work in the R&D sphere. We will continue developing and enhancing these contacts,” said Samvel Harutyunyan, Chairman of the Science Committee of the Armenian Education and Science Ministry.

Representatives of Belarus and Armenia also discussed the invigoration of R&D and innovation cooperation, prospects of implementing joint high-tech projects in areas of mutual interest such as information and communication technologies, new materials, industrial and laser technologies, healthcare, and pharmaceutics.

The Armenian delegation will stay in Minsk till 1 December. While in the country the delegation is expected to visit the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and technology parks and participate in the 23rd session of the interstate council for cooperation in R&D and innovation.