Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Signs Historic Environmental MOU with California

From left, Senator Anthony Portantino, Levon Hovsepian
Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan (left) and  Gov. Brown sign memorandum of understanding

Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan (left) and Gov. Brown sign memorandum of understanding

Portantino and ANCA-WR Leaders Discuss Armenia California Trade with Governor Brown

SAN FRANCISCO—State Senator Anthony J. Portantino arranged a meeting on behalf of Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan, ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian and ANCA-WR Advisory Board Member Levon Kirakosian with Governor Jerry Brown.

The Deputy Prime Minister signed the Under 2 Environmental and Green Energy Climate Accord between Armenia and California, joining a coalition of two dozen other governments around the world which work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.  Governor Brown has been a leading voice for progressive environmental policy and welcomed Armenia’s participation.

From left, Senator Anthony Portantino, Levon Hovsepian

From left, Senator Anthony Portantino, ANCA-WR Advisory Board member Levon Kirakosian, Gov. Brown, ANCA-WR Chairwoman Nora Hovsepian

In addition, Governor Brown, Senator Portantino, Hovsepian and Kirakosian discussed the re-creation of the California-Armenia Trade Office and a formal business relationship. Portantino chairs the California State Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange.  The original Trade Office was a project spearheaded by the ANCA-WR and Portantino’s predecessor, Jack Scott.

Gov. Brown discusses MoU with Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister  Vache Gabrielyan and ANCA-WR chair Nora Hovspeian

Gov. Brown discusses MoU with Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan and ANCA-WR chair Nora Hovspeian

“It was an excellent meeting with Governor Brown and the Deputy Prime Minister. Trade opportunities are extremely important to the Armenian American Community, and we are very grateful to Senator Portantino for arranging today’s meeting,” commented Hovsepian.

Sen. Portantino represents nearly 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta,  Lake View Terrace, La Verne, Los Feliz, Monrovia, Montrose,  Pasadena,  San Dimas, San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena,  Sunland-Tujunga, and Upland.

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