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Marianna Mkrtchyan

5th meeting of Armenian-Czech Intergovernmental Commission on  Economic Cooperation held in Yerevan

5th meeting of Armenian-Czech Intergovernmental Commission on  Economic Cooperation held in Yerevan

ArmInfo. The fifth meeting of the Armenian-Czech intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation was held in Yerevan.

As reported by the press service of the RA Ministry of Economy, a  delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the  Czech Republic, co-chair of the Czech side of the Armenian-Czech  Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation Martina  Tauberova arrived in Yerevan to participate in the meeting. Armenian  Deputy Minister of Economy Varos Simonyan is the co-chairman of the  commission from the Armenian side.

During his welcoming speech at the opening of the meeting, Simoyan  noted that a large number of reforms have been carried out in Armenia  recently. He stressed Armenia's readiness to cooperate with the  European Union, which is reflected in the Agreement on a  comprehensive expanded partnership, while pointing out the importance  of the Eastern Partnership program. The Deputy Minister of Economy  noted that cooperation between Armenia and the Czech Republic needs  to be raised to a new level and there is a great-untapped potential  for this. He expressed the hope that joint efforts will be made in  this direction, pragmatic steps will be taken, from which the  citizens of both countries will benefit. "The Czech Republic is a  serious partner for us. We will try to strengthen our relations, be  more active. We should show the world that we can move from a  consumer economy to a technological one," Simonyan said.

In turn, Tauberova stressed that Armenia is an important partner of  the Czech Republic in this region, and there is an interest in  expanding cooperation, using all the possibilities. She noted with  satisfaction that thanks to the work of the commission, a good  schedule for further actions has been formed, they need to be  implemented. The Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech  Republic called on the members of the commission, the ambassadors, in  good faith to seek the implementation of all points of the protocol  of the fifth meeting. Speaking about the areas of cooperation, she  noted that in addition to the traditional areas in which cooperation  will continue, it is necessary to develop cooperation in areas with  high added value, using the intellectual potential of the two  countries, using the latest technologies. The Czech minister  highlighted health, energy, e-government and green agriculture as  areas with great potential for cooperation.

During the meeting, a wide range of trade and economic issues was  discussed: cooperation in the fields of energy, industry, transport,  agriculture, education, science, digitalization, environment and  nature protection, tourism, social security and health care,  territorial administration, small and medium-sized businesses,  standardization, certification and conformity assessment and the  prospects for expanding interaction.

The importance of stimulating cooperation with the private sector,  providing preferential terms for doing business, creating industrial  parks and joint ventures was emphasized.

At the end of the event, chairpersons of the Armenian-Czech part of  the commission Varos Vimonyan and Martina Tauberova signed the  minutes of the fifth meeting.

To recall, on October 14 Martina Tauberova met with  RA Minister of  Economy Vahan Kerobyan.  According to the RA Statistical Committee,  the foreign trade turnover between Armenia and the Czech Republic in  January-August 2021 amounted to $ 15.3 million, which is 5% less than  in the same period last year (in January-August 2020 it amounted to $  16.0 million ). Exports from Armenia to the Czech Republic in  January-August 2021 amounted to $ 2.1 million, which is 40% more than  in the same period last year ($ 1.5 million in January-August 2020).  Imports from the Czech Republic to Armenia in January-August by  country of origin amounted to USD 13.2 million, which is 9% less  compared to the same period last year (in January-August 2020 it  amounted to USD 14.5 million).  According to the Agency of the State  Register of Legal Entities of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia, as  of March 31, 2021, 37 enterprises with the participation of Czech  capital (including private enterprises) are registered in the RA. 


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