Armenian Trade Network Established
On April 29-30, 2011, a meeting of Armenian chambers of commerce and business associations both from Armenia and the Diaspora was held in Yerevan. The gathering was organized by the Ministry of Diaspora and the Canada-Armenia Business Council, in cooperation with the Armenian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Delegates of 12 organizations from Canada, USA, France, Australia, Lebanon, Belgium, Iran, Artsakh and Armenia took part in the deliberations. The creation of an international Armenian trade and business network and structure was discussed.
The assembly decided to create the Armenian Trade Network, an international organization with the mission to support the development of Armenian chambers of commerce and business councils active in various countries, promote the creation of similar associations in other communities, as well as stimulate business ties between Diasporan communities and partnerships between Armenia and Diaspora. The focus of this structure will be to network between worldwide Armenian businesses based on the resources of member-organizations. The ATN will also continue to enjoy the support of the Ministry of Diaspora.
The assembly unanimously elected Mr. Vahram Pirjanian of the Canada-Armenia Business Council as the President of the ATN Board for two years. Regional vice-presidents were elected as follows: Mr. Nick Hagopian for the Americas and Australia, Mr. Martin Sargsyan for Armenia and the CIS, Jacques Avdoian for Europe and Mr. Nazareth Sabounjian for the Middle East. The Board also elected a secretary and a treasurer.
According to the Board’s decision the next Armenian Trade Network meeting will be held in May 2012, in Stepanakert.
Yerevan, May 05, 2011