Karapetian Appeals to Diaspora Armenians for Support

Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetian (Photo: Press Office of the Government of Armenia)
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetian (Photo: Press Service of the Armenian Government)

Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetian (Photo: Press Office of the Government of Armenia)

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Prime Minister Karen Karapetian has called on Armenian professionals from around the world to relocate to Armenia and assist in the implementation of wide-ranging reforms promised by his government.

In a written appeal posted on his Facebook page in English, French, Russian, Spanish and Arabic on Tuesday, Karapetian said they could have a particularly strong impact on the country’s business culture and work ethic.

“We are inviting managers from the Diaspora, as well as cultural figures, internationally recognized educators, scholars and scientists of Armenian descent to take part in the reforms underway in Armenia in order to, first and foremost, introduce a new culture of management, and to employ the knowledge and potential of our topmost professionals of the Diaspora for achieving pan-Armenian goals,” reads the appeal.

“The culture of the Diaspora must be perceptible in our lives,” it says. “I am certain that any kind of contact with our [Diaspora] compatriots will serve as a new impetus and source of motivation for us.”

“With your help, we will borrow from other cultures their best practices and make Armenia more recognizable in the world,” added Karapetian.

The premier did not say explicitly that he is ready to offer senior government positions to Diaspora Armenians. He said only that their greater involvement in “key areas” such as the economy, public healthcare and education would produce “immediate results.”

Karapetian already appealed in December to thousands of Armenians from Syria who have taken refuge in Armenia in recent years. He said his government will do its best to help them stay in their ancestral homeland for good. “You have changed the culture of doing business and providing services in Yerevan,” the former business executive told a group of Syrian Armenian entrepreneurs.

The Diaspora’s engagement in Armenia has long been hampered by a lack of economic opportunities, widespread government corruption and other problems with the rule of law. Karapetian acknowledged these “shortcomings” and stressed that the authorities in Yerevan “no longer have the right to make more mistakes.”

Karapetian announced an ambitious reform agenda after President Serzh Sarkisian appointed him as prime minister in September. His cabinet’s policy program approved by parliament in October promises a tougher fight against corruption, better tax administration and “equal conditions” for all businesses.

Armenian opposition leaders are skeptical about these pledges, saying that Sarkisian is only keen to mislead the public and make it easier for his Republican Party to win the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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  1. serop said:

    We the Diaspora Armenians have tried very hard to engage with our Motherland, but time and time again the corrupt and criminal actions of those who are called officials & ministers have made us think twice.
    Implement the changes get rid of rampant corruption from every level TOP TO BOTTOM in the government, and after a few years of stability we may just come back.
    The biggest issue is the FIRM control the criminal gangs have in the government, and they have already split the economy into 6-8 areas of no go for Diaspora buisneesmen, these clan like and ancient crimial traits are the the Road Block to many diaspora businessmen
    Give passports & citizenship to all Armenians with full rights from the diaspora, charge $500 fee for every passport renewal every 5 years, that alone will generate millions.
    Otherwise empty words from another one of Sargissiyns cronies

  2. vache said:

    26 years after independence, and Hayastan still has not figured out how to cooperate with the Diaspora to benefit Armenia and Artsakh.
    This is not the Diaspora’s fault.
    It is the fault of the leaders of Hayastan. It’s deliberate.

    • Simon said:

      Mr PM, what guarantee do you give to protect businesses. Something not only you never done but helped to destroy with your corrupt administration for last 30 years.

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