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May 24, 2017
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Before the four-day trip to Artsakh, we would like to give you a little homework. We will have group-presentations on the following topics:

  • History (including early history till the collapse of the Soviet Union)
  • NKR liberation war (1991 – 1994 ceasefire)
  • NKR status (negotiations; OSCE Minsk Group)
  • Information war
  • NKR Government structure, foreign relations and socio-economic situation
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Like other former Soviet States, Armenia's economy suffers from the legacy of a centrally planned economy and the breakdown of former Soviet trading patterns. Soviet investment in and support of Armenian industry has virtually disappeared, so that few major enterprises are still able to function. In addition, the effects of the 1988 earthquake are still being felt. Although a cease-fire has held since 1994, the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh has not been resolved. The consequent blockade along both the Azerbaijani and Turkish borders has devastated the economy, because of Armenia's dependence on outside supplies of energy and most raw materials. The economic progress of Armenia will depend on the ability of the government to strengthen its macroeconomic management, including increasing revenue collection, improve the investment climate, and accelerate the privatization process.

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SPEAKER: Ralph Yirikian, CEO

One of three cellular phone operators in Armenia, VivaCell- MTS is a leading provider of mobile telecommunications to customers in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, serving over 2 million subscribers, or in other words, more than 80% of the market share. All this was due to the dedication and devotion of more than 1200 highly professional staff. Driven by a strong sense of responsibility and belonging towards the Armenian society, VivaCell-MTS set the track for a solid partnership between a corporate entity and the society, with which it coexists due to the belief that it shares with it the benefits of their investment. VivaCell-MTS paved the way and leads this partnership with the society through its Corporate Responsibility: everywhere hand in hand with all Armenians in social, cultural, health, sports, educational and humanitarian activities. 


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