YEREVAN â Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with participants of the âiGortsâ program for the involvement of diaspora specialists in public administration bodies of Armenia.
Welcoming them, noted the Prime Minister. âI am happy that we are continuously implementing this program, despite all the difficulties and complications. I am also happy that we can say that the program has recorded concrete results in terms of achieving the objectives we have set ourselves. And here we are talking about involving the potential of the diaspora in the public administration system of Armenia.
As you may already know, we have senior officials among the participants in the program, in the person of the deputy minister of the economy and the chairman of the tourism committee, which shows the seriousness of our intentions. Of course, first of all, the seriousness of the program participants in their intentions was expressed, to which we responded accordingly.
I hope that we will continue this process, because we want the involvement of the potential of the Diaspora in the public administration system of Armenia and in solving the problems facing our country to be more and more tangible. We also want our esteemed representatives of the Diaspora to see the problems from the inside, to participate in their assessment and to propose concrete solutions, which may go unnoticed in the eyes of ordinary daily life.
Of course, I think we will continue this process. I also see in your eyes that you are really serious about your intentions, and I am sincerely happy about that, because you know that we are facing unprecedented challenges, and meeting and solving these unusual challenges requires unusual approaches. We hope that you will bring these unusual approaches with you, and that you will help us, that you will enrich us with your knowledge, your skills, your abilities, and if you can take something useful from what has already been done , Of course, we will be happy.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of cooperation with the Diaspora in this format – through the programs of the High Commission for Diaspora Affairs.
“Maybe I’m not well informed, I don’t rule out, but I don’t remember that the Armenian leadership ever cooperated with the Diaspora in this format before. I think this is an important result of this institutional change: the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs is himself a representative of the Diaspora, although like many, he was a representative of Armenia before being a representative of the Diaspora. just for that reason. And we want those boundaries not to exist. In today’s global world, sometimes it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. In the modern world, distance is more about psychology I don’t want to underestimate space at all, but I don’t want to underestimate psychology either. by psychology. I think this program is one of the most popular platforms. s important for the implementation of this vision.
Of course, I spoke about specific cases, but I am sure that the participants of the âiGortsâ program worked a lot in different ministries, participated in the development and implementation of various laws, government decisions, programs. I apologize for not being able to list them all at the moment, but I know that a lot of work has been done. And I hope that the participants and initiators of this program, we will all be satisfied with the end result. Even if we don’t have the opportunity to talk about very tangible results as much as we would like, this communication, this contact itself is very important and useful. I welcome you again, I thank you for the availability you have shown during this difficult period and express to you my availability to respond, to answer all your questions and, of course, to continue cooperation.
According to Zareh Sinanyan, High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, the program, which was launched in 2020, can be considered a success. In the first year, 2020, iGorts received 800 applications from 27 countries As a result, 52 Armenian Diaspora specialists from 19 countries worked in 19 different departments. At the end of the program, about 70% of the former students of the first stage decided to stay in the motherland. At the end of the program, 16 of them remained in the public system, 9 of which are funded by the Hovnanian Foundation. In 2021, 350 applications were received from 30 countries Â· As a result, cooperation agreements were signed with 50 specialists from the Armenian Diaspora. Currently, 47 specialists from 14 countries work in 25 different departments: National Assembly, ministries, commissions, inspection bodies, etc. Armenian specialists from the diaspora arrived from different countries of the world: Russia, USA, Lebanon, Belgium, Germany, Syria, France, Cyprus, Switzerland, etc.
During the meeting, the participants of âiGortsâ thanked the government of the Republic of Armenia for such an opportunity and presented their work carried out in various state agencies.
Prime Minister Pashinyan also answered a number of questions from the meeting participants, which related to reforms of Armenia’s public administration system, Armenia’s international cooperation, economic stimulation, realization of potential of the diaspora, the problems of education, science and other fields and the measures taken by the government to solve them.
“iGorts” aims to involve Armenian specialists from the Diaspora with higher education, 3 years of professional experience in the field of public policy with a master’s or bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in public administration of Armenia, whose expertise and skills will contribute to the implementation of innovative ideas and the conduct of large-scale research. One of the objectives of the program is to apply the professional experience and skills of the participants in the work and programs carried out by the public administration bodies of the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh, which will give the opportunity to promote professional repatriation, to support the processes of improving the public administration system.