A friendship that dates back centuries

Days of Moscow in Yerevan

At the end of October 2016, the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, hosted Days of Moscow. The objective of these events was to create a comfortable setting for the development of cooperation between Moscow and Yerevan in spheres such as trade, the economy, road and transport infrastructure and urban planning.

The Days of Moscow business program began with a meeting between the Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan and the Minister of the Moscow Government and Head of the Department for External Economic Affairs and International Relations (DVMS) Sergey Cheremin. The two sides talked about the cooperation program for 2017-2019, which Moscow and Yerevan plan to sign in the near future. Mr. Cheremin and Mr. Margaryan noted that the two capitals have been proactive in terms of working together. The head of the DVMS said that he hopes the cooperation program will serve as impetus in the development of trade, economic and investment ties between capitals. He also invited the Mayor of Yerevan to come to Moscow with an official visit.

“The friendship between Armenian and Russian people dates back centuries,” the Minister said, “I am confident that business relations between the two capitals will continue to develop and become stronger. I have the highlight the special significance of holding Days of Moscow in Yerevan and Days of Yerevan in Moscow: this initiative has truly become a favorite and welcome event for the residents of both capitals.”

A central and important event of Days of Moscow in the capital of Armenia was the business cooperation forum “Cities Striving Toward the Future.” Participants of the forum included Sergey Cheremin, Chief Adviser to the Mayor of Yerevan Vano Vardanyan, Russian Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volinkin, prominent public figures, businessmen and cultural experts.

When opening the forum, Sergey Cheremin recalled that the last time Days of Moscow were held in Yerevan was in 2012. The heads of the two capitals agreed to regularly hold similar large-scale events in the future. “Especially since this is one of the ways to actively cooperate with business partners,” the Minister said. “Taking bilateral agreements, historical ties and mutual interest in close cooperation as a starting point, residents of Moscow and Yerevan witness dozens of events related to our cooperation every year: exhibitions, concerts, forums and fairs. Days of Moscow in Yerevan is the pinnacle of our friendship and mutual understanding,” the head of DVMS pointed out.

Trade turnover between Russia and Armenia increased from $800 million to $1.2 billion from 2010-2016. Russia is Armenia’s main trade and economic partner. “Moscow makes a significant contribution to the Russian-Armenian inter-regional cooperation, which encompasses all aspects of life in the two capitals - trade and economic ties, investment, cooperation across the social, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as youth exchange programs,” Sergey Cheremin said.

There are a number of investment projects being implemented in Moscow with the participation of Armenian business: the establishment of a Yerevan guest house, an Armenian trade and distribution center, and a hotel complex.

“In the current challenging economic climate, our Armenian friends will undoubtedly be interested in learning about how Moscow is implementing the anti-crisis plan developed by city authorities with active participation of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” said President of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Platonov, “We are ready to share our experience in field of legislation aimed at business support. The Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry platform hosted consultations, meetings, and councils with participation from hundreds of different entrepreneurs. Thanks to constructive cooperation between business and government, the capital’s laws are adjusted to suit the requirements of the changing economic climate,” he added.

“Moscow and Yerevan have been friends for several decades,” Russian Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volinkin said, “Cooperation between the two capitals is now starting to take place at a high level of integration, especially considering the fact that Russia and Armenia have become full-fledged members of the Eurasian Economic Union.”

Round tables were also active during the business forum.The expert community was particularly interested in the section titled “Smart City Management Solutions: cooperation between capitals and major cities of EAEC countries.” Expert reports focused on projects for creating an e-government, systems for providing remote services, and energy conservation issues. Armenian participants shared their experience and effective solutions that have been implemented in the city with their Moscow colleagues. A separate section was dedicated to the subject of tourism, its potential and perspectives for growth.

Within the scope of the Days of Moscow cultural program in Yerevan, the Moscow House hosted the opening of a book exhibition about Moscow, “My Moscow” photo exhibition and exhibitions dedicated to the Great Patriotic War (1941 - 1945). The Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan hosted a gala concert featuring the Turetsky Choir ensemble and the Gzhel Moscow State Academic Theatre of Dance.

The Dinamo stadium in Yerevan held freestyle wrestling and judo matches as part of the Moscow-Yerevan Youth Athletic Games.



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