ArmInfo.Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan yesterday attended the event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of cooperation between Armenia and the Agency of International Development of US(USAID).
According to the press service of the executive body of the state, the Prime Minister congratulated on 25th anniversary of the effective cooperation and implementation of many programs which definitely had positive influence in economic and social development of Armenia, strengthened two-sided cultural and directly simple human relations.
According to Karen Karapetyan, starting from 1992, Armenia, in the name of US Agency for International Development, is a trusted partner. "Together with the agency, we have completed joint work over the years, based on the requirements of that period and placing emphasis on those challenges, which were most relevant at the time and in that situation, "the prime minister said.
In the 1990s, as Karapetyan pointed out, they were mainly connected with the formation of market economy and democratic institutions in Armenia, as well as projects aimed at eliminating the consequences of the earthquake, humanitarian programs. Since the late 1990s, the transition to a new format of cooperation has been made - for the sake of sustainable economic development, emphasis has been placed on strengthening the market economy, the private sector, macroeconomic reforms, stimulating the investment environment and laying the foundations for sustainable development. "We continued to work on the development and development of civil society and democratic institutions," he said. Currently, according to the head of the Armenian government, Armenia continues to work with American partners on numerous programs aimed at ensuring economic growth, the development of democratic institutions, social and educational spheres. The Premier also noted that the American University of Armenia, during these decades, gave Armenia thousands of highly qualified personnel, which was also due to the participation of the International Development Agency and numerous patrons of art.
According to the Prime Minister, the United States of America is one of Armenia's key partners. "We cooperate in numerous spheres, but I am sure that we have an even greater potential for cooperation, which we must develop and implement," he said. As Karapetyan noted, at present Armenia is going through a new stage of reforms. "We initiated reforms in our country in all sectors to ensure sustainable long-term growth for the country and make Armenia competitive in a changing world." We need a sharp increase in efficiency in all spheres, as well as changes in thinking and ways of acting, "the head of government said.
The Prime Minister stressed that at present the most important decree for the republic is the reforms we are conducting in Armenia. "We do not hide the fact that we expect direct and active cooperation of our partners with Armenia in the process of implementing these most important reforms, I hope, more accurately, I am confident that the cooperation that has become stronger and which has been on the foundation of these 25 years will expand even more in the coming years and we will attach a new quality and a new level of our relations, "Karapetyan concluded. It should be reminded that on the eve, on the sidelines of celebrating the 25th anniversary of USAID activities in Armenia, the US Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, summing up the results of the Organization's 25-year activity in Armenia, noted that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for a quarter of a century in Armenia the country's assistance to $ 1 billion. According to him, the allocated funds were spent efficiently and the assistance was directed at realizing the priorities important for the Armenian people. At the same time, Mills noted that he is proud of the fact that the main USAID projects are implemented by local organizations. "This is due to the fact that over the past 25 years, civil society and structures have been formed in Armenia that can meet the needs of the people and they have the capacity to implement the Organization's programs." Armenia is among the leaders on this issue, "the diplomat said.