AIPRG International Conference Wraps up

ARMENIAN INTERNATIONAL POLICY RESEARCH GROUP (AIPRG) HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ‘ARMENIA: RECENT ECONOMIC TRENDS AND GROWTH PROSPECTS’

WASHINGTON–DC (AIPRG Release)–Hosted by the World Bank–the AIPRG conference–held on January 25–brought together accomplished researchers and policy practitioners specializing in issues related to the economic development of Armenia. It addressed macroeconomic–trade–fiscal–and financial sector policies–as well as a long-term development agenda–geopolitics and regional cooperation–governance and legal reform issues. Plenary sessions of the conference were followed by a reception at the Armenian Embassy in Washington.

Consistent with AIPRG’s mission–the conference aimed to: 1) promote research on developmen’s in Armenia and the Diaspora–2) consolidate Armenia-related expertise by bringing together accomplished researchers and practitioners specializing in economics–political science–law–government affairs–and related fields–and 3) provide a platform for aspiring young professionals and graduate students to develop their skills and interact with experts in their respective fields.

Following introductory remarks by AIPRG co-Directors–opening statemen’s were made by the Ambassador of Armenia to the US–His Excellency Arman Kirakossian–and the Dutch Executive Director of the World Bank Ad Melkert. In his special welcoming letter to the participants of the conference–Armenia’s Prime Minister Andranik Markarian commended the AIPRG and conference participants–on their mission to broaden knowledge of economic trends and growth challenges facing Armenia. These were followed by the luncheon keynote speech of Willard A. Workman–Senior Vice President for International Affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce.

Overall–the conference drew over 175 participants–including specialists from the World Bank–the International Monetary Fund–US Congress–US Department of the Treasury–US Securities and Exchange Commission–US Department of Commerce–US Department of Agriculture–the Federal Reserve Bank–US Government and Congress–the Federal Reserve Bank–the Central Bank of Armenia–as well as representatives of renowned academic institutions and the private sector institutions. All papers presented at the conference will be posted on the AIPRG website shortly.

The AIPRG is a nonpartisan–nonpolitical association. Through its research and seminars. the Group strives to collaborate with Development Agencies–International Financial Institutions–the donor community–individual researchers–and policy practitioners to promote a greater understanding of issues surrounding the development of Armenia and the Diaspora. For more information on Armenian International Policy Research Group–visit www.armpolicyresearch.org.

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