Independent TV Stations Receive Aid From “Eurasia” Foundation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Under the Public Dialogue Campaign–10 independent TV companies of Armenia received comprehensive sets of television equipment worth more than $13,000.

The aid will go to regional stations from Vanadzor–Martuni Alaverdi–Moyemberian–Armavir–Gyumri–Charentsavan–Gavar–and Kapan. The Eurasia Foundation held ceremony on August 14 to donate the equipment.

The equipment is intended for organizing interactive discussions about local problems between representatives of local authorities–public organizations and community members. Employees of the TV stations participated in specialized training courses in the production of live public dialogue organized by the Internews-Armenia.

Many TV stations have already presented programs for live broadcasting that will cover a wide range of political–economic–and social problems of the country. The managers of the TV stations intend to invite not only representatives of local administrations–but also experts from the country’s leading universities and international organizations to participate in the talk-shows.

US Ambassador to Armenia Michael Lemmon–who attended the presentation of the program–stressed that such programs contribute to the political awareness of the residents of remote regions–and establishes cooperation between citizens and local government bodies.

He pointed out that this cooperation is a very important tool in maintaining and promoting a healthy democratic society. Ambassador Lemmon also stressed the role of the "Eurasia" foundation in developing this medium of communications which will greatly benefit the civil society.

"We hope that this program will promote the citizens’ activity in public life," said Director of the Armenia office of the "Eurasia" foundation Artashes Ghazakhetsian.

It is to be noted that since 1996 the "Eurasia" foundation has issued loans totaling $6.5 million–and gran’s totaling $7 million to this project.Youth Choir To Perform A Concert Celebrating the 1700th Anniversary of Christianity

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