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Armenia’s Zvartnots Voted the Best Airport in the CIS

Yerevan, Armenia, ArmRadio – Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport was chosen the “Best Emerging Airport of Russia, CIS & Baltic States.” The results of the votes for over 20 nominations were announced during the second Annual Emerging Airports Conference and Exhibition held in Dubai on January 30.

The nominations were different: “Best Emerging Airport of the World,” “Best Emerging Airport of Middle East,” “Best Emerging Airport Europe,” etc.

Zvartnots International Airport was nominated by the company Arabian Reach, Dubai for “EMAA” (Emerging Markets Airports Award).

Four airports of CIS countries, namely Domodedovo and Sheremetevo Airports of Moscow, Pulkovo Airport of St. Petersburg, Manas Airport of Bishkek were nominated in the same category together with Zvartnots. Voting lasted for more than a month.

During the ceremony the award was received by the General Manager of “Armenia” International Airports” CJSC Marcelo Wende, Press Service of the ““Armenia” International Airports” CJSC informs.

Source: http://www.armradio.am/en/2013/01/31/zvartnots-voted-the-best-airport-in-the-cis/

Expensive Airfare Major Obstacle to Tourism in Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia, Tert.am – The high prices on airline tickets are a key impediment to tourism in Armenia, according to a Yerevan municipality official.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Maria Baraghamyan, the head of the Culture and Tourism Department of the Yerevan City Hall, said the country had a total of 603,704 tourists in 2012.

She further cited the absence of tourism centers as another key factor resulting in a low number of tourists. “We do not have tourism centers in Armenia to guide the tourists. To me, it is important that they have recently launched an electronic map in the Northern Avenue. It will essentially facilitate the tourists’ work,” she said.

Baraghamyan referred to 2005 and 2009 government decisions declaring Tsaghkadzor (Kotayk region), Jermuk (Vayots Dzor province) and Tatev (Tatev) centers of tourism.

She said Yerevan has imported double-decker buses enabling all tourists to better enjoy the city’s panorama.

“We will try to arrange traditional events to attract tourists. As for the Erebuni-Yerevan festival, it has become common as we have a large number of visitors on those days. We are trying to make the city more comfortable and beautiful,” Baraghamyan added.

Source: http://www.tert.am/en/news/2013/01/30/airtickets-tourists/

Entrepreneurship Development Program for Startups

From January 29 to February 18 EDMC will conduct an Entrepreneurship Development Program for the finalist teams of StartUp Cup competition. The Program, implemented by EDMC’s subcontractor Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED), will consist of three components – training, teamwork, and consulting. The training part will be based on the CEFE methodology (Competency-based Economies through Formation of Enterprise). In addition to learning and developing their entrepreneurial skills, the teams will also develop business plans and, upon completion of the program, will be provided with an opportunity to apply for the SME DNC startup loans.

International Tourism to Continue Robust Growth in 2013

Madrid, Spain, UNWTO – International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Emerging economies (+4.1%) regained the lead over advanced economies (+3.6%), with Asia and the Pacific showing the strongest results. Growth is expected to continue in 2013 only slightly below the 2012 level (+3% to +4%) and in line with UNWTO long term forecast.

With an additional 39 million international tourists, up from 996 million in 2011, international tourist arrivals surpassed 1 billion (1.035 billion) for the first time in history in 2012. Demand held well throughout the year, with a stronger than expected fourth quarter.

By region, Asia and the Pacific (+7%) was the best performer, while by sub-region South-East Asia, North Africa (both at +9%) and Central and Eastern Europe (+8%) topped the ranking.

“2012 saw continued economic volatility around the globe, particularly in the Eurozone. Yet international tourism managed to stay on course” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “The sector has shown its capacity to adjust to the changing market conditions and, although at a slightly more modest rate, is expected to continue expanding in 2013. Tourism is thus one of the pillars that should be supported by governments around the world as part of the solution to stimulating economic growth,” he added.

UNWTO forecasts international tourist arrivals to increase by 3% to 4% in 2013, much in line with its long term forecast for 2030: +3.8% a year on average between 2010 and 2020. This outlook is confirmed by the UNWTO Confidence Index. Compiled among over 300 experts worldwide, the Index shows that prospects for 2013 are similar to the evaluation of last year (124 points for 2013 against 122 for 2012).

By region, prospects for 2013 are stronger for Asia and the Pacific (+5% to +6%), followed by Africa (+4% to +6%), the Americas (+3% to +4%), Europe (+2% to +3%) and the Middle East (0% to +5%).

Emerging economies regain the lead

In 2012, growth was stronger in emerging economies (+4.1%) as compared to advanced economies (+3.6%), a trend which has marked the sector for many years now.

International tourist arrivals to Europe, the most visited region in the world, were up by 3%; a very positive result in view of the economic situation, and following a strong 2011 (+6%). Total arrivals reached 535 million, 17 million more than in 2011. By sub-region, Central and Eastern Europe destinations (+8%) experienced the best results, followed by Western Europe (+3%). Destinations in Southern Mediterranean Europe (+2%) consolidated their excellent performance of 2011 and returned in 2012 to their normal growth rates.

Asia and the Pacific (+7%) was up by 15 million arrivals in 2012, reaching a total 233 million international tourists. South-East Asia (+9%) was the best performing sub-region much due to the implementation of policies that foster intraregional cooperation and coordination in tourism. Growth was also strong in North-East Asia (+6%), as Japanese inbound and outbound tourism recovered, while it was comparatively weaker in South Asia (+4%) and in Oceania (+4%).

The Americas (+4%) saw an increase of 6 million arrivals, reaching 162 million in total. Leading the growth were destinations in Central America (+6%), while South America, up by 4%, showed some slowdown as compared to the double-digit growth of 2010 and 2011. The Caribbean (+4%), on the other hand, is performing above the previous two years, while North America (+3%) consolidated its 2011 growth.

Africa (+6%) recovered well from its setback in 2011 when arrivals declined by 1% due largely to the negative results of North Africa. Arrivals reached a new record (52 million) due to the rebound in North Africa (+9% as compared to a 9% decline in 2011) and to the continued growth of Sub-Saharan destinations (+5%). Results in the Middle East(-5%) improved after a 7% decline in 2011, yet the region recorded an estimated 3 million international tourist arrivals less in 2012 in spite of the clear recovery in Egypt.

Receipts confirm positive trend in arrivals

Available data on international tourism receipts and expenditure for 2012 covering at least the first nine months of the year confirm the positive trend in arrivals.

Among the top ten tourist destinations, receipts were up significantly in Hong Kong (China) (+16%), the USA (+10%), the UK (+6%) and Germany (+5%). At the same time, a significant number of destinations around the world saw receipts from international tourism increase by 15% or more – Japan (+37%), India and South Africa (both +22%), Sweden and the Republic of Korea (both +19%), Thailand (+18%) and Poland (+16%).

Traditional source markets show renewed dynamism

Although the highest growth rates in expenditure abroad among the ten top markets came from emerging economies – China (+42%) and Russia (+31%) – important traditional source markets, showed particularly good results. In Europe, and despite economic pressures, expenditure on international tourism by Germany held well at +3%, while the UK (+5%) returned to growth after two flat years. In the Americas, both the USA and Canada grew at 7%. On the other hand, France (-7%) and Italy (-2%) registered declines in travel expenditure.

Smaller markets with significant growth were Venezuela (+31%), Poland (+19%), Philippines (+17%), Malaysia (+15%), Saudi Arabia (+14%), Belgium (+13%), Norway and Argentina (both +12%), Switzerland and Indonesia (both +10%).

For more information: 2012 International Tourism Results and Prospects for 2013

Source: http://media.unwto.org/en/press-release/2013-01-28/international-tourism-continue-robust-growth-2013

Training in Good Manufacturing Practices

EDMC and the GxP Centre of Excellence will hold a training course on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for pharmaceutical companies and interning students from January 28 to February 2, 9:30-15:00. The course is certified by the Armenia Ministry of Health. Participants will acquire an in-depth of understanding of these practices in the European Union and how to effectively implement them at work. Besides the sessions, participants will also take a tour to Liqvor factory. The course costs 65,000AMD. EDMC will cover 40,000AMD per participant.

For more information about the course:

Invitation letter (in Armenian)

Course syllabus (in Armenian)

Application form

Job Opening: Expert in Public Management System and the State Budget Planning

ANNOUNCEMENT CODE: PA-BEIT-029 

JOB DESCRIPTION: The aim of this initiative is the involvement of a qualified individual consultant (hereinafter, “the Consultant”), who will support the Ministry of Finance of Armenia in terms of developing and drafting legal acts, amendments to the legal acts in the public management system and the state budget planning, giving official explanations to unclear or vague statements of current legislation. Legal background is a plus.

START DATE/ TIME: ASAP

DURATION: 25 business days with possible extension

OPENING DATE: 25 January, 2013

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05 February, 2013

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Upon receiving a task, develop and present for discussion draft legal acts within the official time limits as agreed.
  • Consider and incorporated the comments received in regard to the draft legal acts.
  • The Consultant shall examine the comments provided by the Ministry and within 1 week, following the day of their receipt, submit to the Ministry the final versions of drafts and the summary sheet of opinions.
  • The Consultant will work in close cooperation with the legal and regulatory experts at the Ministry of Finance of Armenia and will advise them on framework and technical aspects of public administration and state budget planning, as appropriate.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: international master’s degree, preferably in Law;
  • Work Experience: at least 5 year experience in public administration and/or state budget planning, drafting of legal acts in the public administration/budget planning sector is required (experience of working in such assignments financed by donors will be advantageous).
  • Knowledge: Good knowledge of Armenian, EU and donor regulations on procurement. Fluent knowledge of English and Russian languages.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applicants are requested to send a cover letter describing their interest in the position, outlining major skills and experience, as well as their CV to the following e-mail address: [email protected]

ABOUT COMPANY: EDMC is designed to raise incomes and employment in Armenia by promoting growth in selected value chains (VCs) that process high -export potential, with the overall goal of assisting Armenia to develop a more competitive and diversified private sector. To achieve these objectives, the project will (1) develop more productive enterprises and value chains by stimulating innovation, (2) enhance workforce skills and entrepreneurial development, (3) improve the business environment by reducing regulatory burdens and addressing competitiveness challenges, and (4) facilitate effective financial intermediation.

Job Opening: Lawyer / Public Procurement

ANNOUNCEMENT CODE: PA-BEIT-028   

JOB DESCRIPTION: The aim of this initiative is the involvement of a qualified individual consultant (hereinafter, the Consultant), who will support the Ministry of Finance of Armenia in terms of developing and drafting public procurement related legal acts, amendments to the legal acts, giving official explanations to unclear or vague statements of current legislation, etc. (hereinafter, the Legal acts on public procurement).

START DATE/ TIME: ASAP

DURATION: 25 business days with possible extension

OPENING DATE: 25 January, 2012

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05 February, 2013

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Upon receiving a task, develop and present for the discussion draft legal acts within the official time limits as agreed.
  • The Consultant shall examine the comments provided by the Ministry and within 1 week, following the day of their receipt, submit to the Ministry the final versions of the drafts and the summary sheet of opinions.
  • The consultant will work in close cooperation with the legal and regulatory experts at the Ministry of Finance of Armenia and will advise them on framework and technical aspects of procurement reform, as appropriate.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: international master’s degree in Procurement and/or international qualification in procurement  (additional master’s degree in Law will be advantageous);
  • Work Experience: at least 5 year experience in procurement; experience in the conduct of local and donor procurement procedures and drafting of procurement legal acts is required (experience of working in such assignments financed by donors will be advantageous).
  • Knowledge: Good knowledge of Armenian, EU and donor regulations on procurement. Fluent knowledge of English and Russian languages.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applicants are requested to send a cover letter describing their interest in the position, outlining major skills and experience, as well as their CV to the following e-mail address: [email protected]

ABOUT COMPANY: EDMC is designed to raise incomes and employment in Armenia by promoting growth in selected value chains (VCs) that process high -export potential, with the overall goal of assisting Armenia to develop a more competitive and diversified private sector. To achieve these objectives, the project will (1) develop more productive enterprises and value chains by stimulating innovation, (2) enhance workforce skills and entrepreneurial development, (3) improve the business environment by reducing regulatory burdens and addressing competitiveness challenges, and (4) facilitate effective financial intermediation.

 

Tender Announcement: Law Firms to deal with customs clearance

TITLE: Law Firm to Deal with Customs Clearance of Goods

DESCRIPTION OF THE ACTIVITY: The Law Firm will work closely with the Project to provide assistance and advice to the target SMEs in the process of customs clearance of goods. The target SMEs will obtain legal assistance in the process of preparing the customs declaration and will be legally represented at the customs point throughout the process of the customs clearance of goods.

ANNOUNCEMENT CODE: PA-BEIT-027

START DATE/ TIME: ASAP

THE FOLLOWING TASKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT:

  • Assist the target SMEs in developing customs declaration forms and in the process of customs clearance of goods;
  • Be present at the customs point and fully represent the client;
  • Provide consultations to target SMEs;
  • Challenge the decision/s of the customs authorities before the superior customs authorities and/or the domestic court;
  • Provide to EDMC a cost estimate in relation to each case they undertake;
  • Develop a follow up report by identifying the problems faced by each client and the steps taken to address them.

REQUIRED EXPERTISE:

The clients will have consultations with, and be advised by licensed attorneys who will have the following expertise:

  • Experience dealing with customs procedures;
  • Experience in developing customs declarations for clients;
  • Experience in working with clients and advising them on customs matters;
  • High profile in respecting conventional relationships between lawyer and client and incurring degree of liability and obligations in relation to clients;
  • Experience in challenging the decisions of the customs authorities before the courts;
  • Experience in developing reports to the satisfaction of donor organizations;
  • Experience of working with a donor organization/project is a plus.

Charges: The hourly rate of the services by the Law Firm should not exceed AMD 12.000 (twelve thousand drams).

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applicants are requested to send a company profile outlining major experience in the required field to the following e-mail addresses: [email protected]

OPENING DATE: 25 January, 2013

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05 February, 2013

ABOUT COMPANY: EDMC is designed to raise incomes and employment in Armenia by promoting growth in selected value chains (VCs) that process high-export potential, with the overall goal of assisting Armenia to develop a more competitive and diversified private sector. To achieve these objectives, the project will (1) develop more productive enterprises and value chains by stimulating innovation, (2) enhance workforce skills and entrepreneurial development, (3) improve the business environment by reducing regulatory burdens and addressing competitiveness challenges, and (4) facilitate effective financial intermediation.

Black Sea Silk Road Corridor project launch

On January 24, EDMC will sign a grant agreement with the Armenian Monuments Awareness Project (AMAP), a Non-government Organization (NGO) implementing the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) project.

BSSRC, jointly funded by the European Union, AMAP, and USAID through EDMC, is a 24-month project that will foster cross-border cooperation and economic development in 100 communities across four countries of the Black Sea Basin – Armenia Georgia, Greece and Turkey. BSSRC, with AMAP as the lead implementer in Armenia, will also alleviate rural isolation and develop local communities through ego-friendly tourism to both enhance visitor’s experiences and protect cultural monuments and biodiversity.

For more information about the project, please, visit: http://www.blackseasilkroad.com/

Armenia Part of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor Project

Armenia is part of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) Project along Georgia, Greece, and Turkey. Launched in January 2013, BSSRC is a two-year project funded by the Armenian Monuments Awareness Project (AMAP) as the lead implementer, the European Union through its Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme, and USAID through EDMC Project.

BSSRC will foster cross-border cooperation and economic development in 100 communities across four countries of the Black Sea Basin, thereby alleviating rural isolation, enhancing visitors’ experiences, and protecting cultural monuments and biodiversity. The project entails three components that intertwine geography with the world wide web and local capacity-building to unleash and exploit the tourism opportunities made possible through the project.

In Armenia 43 cultural, historical and natural sites will be marked by 148 directional signs, 114 information panels, 77 trail markers, and 55 walking tour plaques. A web-based portal and five smartphone applications will be designed to reflect the trail in all four countries with multi-media and multi-language content and social network integration. The portal and applications will be developed by Armenian IT engineers, as agreed by the consortium of participating countries.

The virtual directory will allow local hospitality service providers to list their services (lodging, food, local crafts, souvenirs, guides, etc.) and market them to the global community. They will be provided with capacity-building opportunities in order to do this more efficiently.

The project’s activities in Armenia are supported by a number of governmental and non-profits, such as the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Communication and Transport, the Ministry of Nature Protection, the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Botanical Institute of Academy of Sciences, and the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds, as well as the Archaeology and Ethnography Institute of the Academy of Sciences and the Democracy Today NGO.

For more information:

BSSRC Project website

EDMC press release

AMAP Facebook page

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