US Cuts Funding in Armenia

Armenia's Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian and cabinet officials meet with the US Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills and other embassy staff.

YEREVAN (Arka)—The United States government recently announced its decision to cut funding on a number of programs being implemented in a number of countries around the world, including some countries in Europe such as Armenia, the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills said Wednesday as he met with Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian.

Mills said that the decrease in funding was not related to the effectiveness of US programs in Armenia nor to US relations with Armenia, but rather budgetary constraints stemming from Washington. Abrahamian noted that projects implemented by the US government in Armenia have had a positive impact on the country and have been welcome by Armenians.

The prime minister thanked the U.S. government for its consistent support of Armenia.

Director of the USAID Mission in Armenia, Karen R. Hilliard, who was present at the meeting, said that programs aimed at improvement of small and medium sized enterprise management systems, development of democratic institutions, corruption control, as well as community projects, including social ones that are being carried out in border villages, will remain among top priorities for USAID. She said they will be continued.


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  1. State-Of-Emergency said:

    The world will have to fund a Marshall type plan when the Armenian highlands are reunited with the Republic of Armenia.

  2. Norin said:

    Hovik Abrahamian should wise up and be glad that many of the destructive and society depressing “doom and gloom” NGO will have to be cut back because of these budget cuts.

  3. Stepan said:

    Why do we care if the US cuts funding?
    Why don’t we have a global Diaspora fund which we can all contribute to, and provide a platform which is managed by by an International committee represented by all sections of our political parties with one single aim, which is to provide financial aid to Armenia in form of of funds for infrastructure, health care, education, security and more..
    Over 3 Million Armenian families globally if gave $10 a week thats over $1.5 Billion in financial assistance and we don’t need to care if Obama cut funding or not nor do we need to put our hands out like beggars