Issue 294

ANP Regional Meetings in light of CEPA Awareness Raising Campaign

On October 15 and 18, 2019 meetings titled “EaP CSF ANP priorities in the context of implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA)” were held in the Gyumri municipality (Shirak region) and Gavar Youth Center (Gegharkunik region) respectively.

The discussions, which were attended by more than 50 representatives of regional CSOs and local governance bodies, were organized by the ANP Secretariat with the assistance of Gevorg Petrosyan, President of Gyumri-based Biosophia NGO, and Liana Asoyan, President of Blejan environmental, social, business support NGO. Seyran Martirosyan, Chairman of “KhoranArd” intellectual center, had gladly accepted the invitation to moderate the Gyumri meeting.

There were a variety of issues on the agenda. First, CSF Armenia Country Facilitator Lousineh Hakobyan in Gyumri, and ANP Secretariat Managing Director Heriknaz Harutyunyan in Gavar presented the CSF Armenian National Platform priorities in the implementation of CEPA.

Afterwards thematic discussions took place with the participation of the following speakers:

Abraham Artashesyan, Vice President of Communities Finance Officers Association, WG1 Coordinator – The progress of LSG reforms in Armenia;

In Gyumri Samvel Tonoyan, representative of Center of Economic Right NGO (WG2)

In Gavar Movses Artistakesyan, President of Center of Economic Right NGO (WG2) –

Issues with the development of small and medium productions and folk crafts;

Amalya Hambartsumyan, “Khazer” NGO President, Coordinator of WG3 – A number of topical environmental issues within the CSF ANP;

Arzuman Harutyunyan, President of the Association of Audio-Visual Reporters, WG5 Coordinator – Social dialogue as a means of the establishment of a social state and solution of social issues;

Anahit Gevorgyan, President of Martuni Women’s Community Council (WG2) – Presentation of a successful experience of social entrepreneurship.

Lively discussions took place, and it was agreed to actively continue the cooperation in the future.

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