RA Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, other high-ranking guests, as well as representatives of local and foreign universities were present at the official opening of the conference.
The opening ceremony started with the welcoming speech of the RA Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, who emphasized the importance of a knowledge-based society as the main direction of economic development of Armenia.
“I give a very positive assessment to the affairs of the Armenian Economic Association, as in these years this association has managed to consolidate the scientists of Armenia and Diaspora, engaged in the economics, who, through the exchange of knowledge and experience can register quite serious results and put forward effective solutions to overcome the problems. The agenda of this conference includes the challenges in the areas of trade, industry, innovative technologies, education and other areas that are directly related to the RA economic issues, and I am sure that the results of the discussions will be satisfactory,” - said Hovik Abrahamyan.
RA Prime Minister added that the RA Government’s policy focuses on the improving the living standards of citizens of Armenia. The best way to improve the socio-economic situation is especially the development of the private sector, so the Government is paying more attention to the investment projects, which significantly contribute to the development of economy.
Opening speech was also made by YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, who emphasized the importance of such events and the inclusion of YSU in the programs, aimed at the country’s economic stability and continuous development.
“Armenian Economic Association annually expands the range of participants of the conference, which has avery good impact on the works of the conference. It should be noted that it is of some interest in the scientific sense, as it is very useful for our young scientists and students. The conference is not theoretical, but practical in nature, and it is important for the students to have their contribution to this process. I am sure that the cooperation with our colleagues from other universities will also have positive impact on the results of the conference and we will record positive results,” - said Aram Simonyan.
Dean of YSU Faculty of Economics Hayk Sargsyan, after his opening speech, spoke about a series of obstacles, which should be overcome for the effective development of the Armenian economy. In particular he spoke of the natural resources of Armenia and the role and importance of higher education in the economic development of the country.
RA Prime Minister noted that the RA Government is well aware of the problems, shares the concerns of scientists and realizes the importance of education development.
Then the President of the Armenian Economic Association Zareh Asatryan presented the agenda of the conference, as well as the themes of the reports submitted for the conference and subjects for discussion.
The four-day conference is organized by the Armenian Economic Association, Yerevan State University, American University of Armenia, Armenian State Economic University and Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University.
The representatives of the universities will make a series of presentations in the sections of the conference, focusing on the existing issues in various economic sectors, as well as possible ways of solutions of these problems.