USAID to Spend on Rural Development in Armenia

Armenian and American representatives, including U.S. Ambassador John Heffern, at a USAID press conference in Yerevan. Jan. 31, 2014.

YEREVAN (Arka)—USAID will allocate $8 million for the PRP and ARDI rural development programs in Armenia, PRP program director Anush Aslanyan told reporters Friday.

The joint programs by USAID and Armenia’s National Center for Small and Medium Enterprises are based on initiatives from the Armenian and US governments to meet the challenges Armenian villages face today, Aslanyan said.

The PRP program director also said the programs to be implemented in about 150 village communities of Armenia during five years aim at improving the business environment, promoting competition, developing small and medium-sized enterprises, and upgrading infrastructure.

According to US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, the programs will facilitate economic development in general. Heffern said the embassy is ready to support implementation of the programs.

Armenia’s first deputy minister of economy Karine Miasyan, in her turn, expressed confidence that the programs will help improve the business environment in rural communities and open jobs for villagers.

“These programs will be implemented in several directions and can provide a long-term positive effect”, she said.

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