Armenian media outlets: Pashinyan’s insistence on virtual press conferences ‘non-democratic’

 

Pashinyan holding an online press conference on 24 January, 2022. Photo via primeminister.am.

In two separate statements, over five dozen media organisations in Armenia condemned Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s continued holding of press conferences online, calling the format ‘non-democratic’. 

On Friday evening, the Armenian Times newspaper, which is majority-owned by Pashinyan’s mother-in-law, citing ‘their sources’ in the government, reported that Pashinyan was about to announce an press conference — with questions to the Prime Minister read by a presenter employed by Armenia’s Public Broadcaster. 

On Saturday, that information was confirmed by the Prime Minister’s staff. The press conference is to be held at 20:00 on 27 June.

Shortly after the Armenian Times published its news about the press conference, a group of news editors, primarily employed by pro-opposition or opposition-leaning media outlets, issued a statement declaring a boycott of the press conference and refusing to send questions.

‘The previous experience has proved that such “online contacts” take place in a prepared scenario; only the questions by the pro-government media, telegram channels, and bloggers are publicised during these events, who, apparently, agree in advance with the organisers of the event, and in the case of the questions by other media — they are either ignored, edited or distorted’, the statement reads.

As of publication, over three dozen editors have added their names to the joint statement declaring the boycott. 

In another statement, a small number of larger non-partisan media outlets, including Azatutyun, the Armenian service of RFE/RL, and Civilnet condemned the format of the press conference and reoccurring cases of questions that were submitted being edited or distorted. 

‘We deem this form of interaction with the media by the country’s ruler discriminatory, ineffective, and in contradiction with the core principles of democracy, transparency, and accountability’, the statement reads.

Hakob Karapetyan, the editor-in-chief of Armenian fact-checking platform Fact Investigation Platform and one of the initiators of the statement, told OC Media one of the reasons for initiating the statement was the ‘leak’ of the information by the Armenian Times and a concern that the questions sent to the Prime Minister would risk being edited and distorted again. 

‘So we, at the office, decided not to send questions at all and to even issue a statement expressing our attitude towards the press conferences in that format’. Later, a group of media organizations appeared to be willing to join the statement. 

‘The Prime Minister considers the democratization of the country and the transparency of his government as one of the main achievements’, Karapetyan told OC Media. ‘We wanted to send a warning or a signal to them that such actions do not support the democratisation of the country’. 

Karapetyan also warned that with ‘such regressive steps’ Armenia was returning to the days when ‘leaders of the country would not have press conferences for years’ or would only invite representatives from media outlets ‘dear’ to them. 

Pashinyan has been holding online press conferences since 2021, citing the COVID-19 pandemics as a reason for the new format instead of pre-covid and pre-war more often and open communication with the local media outlets. 

However, media organisations have repeatedly complained that the questions they sent to the Prime Minister’s staff were either edited and distorted or not given to Pashinyan.

Prior to the conference, several pro-Pashinyan politicians criticised the media outlets that signed the two statements. Taron Chakhoyan, the deputy head of Prime Minister’s staff accused the pro-opposition and opposition-leaning media outlets of not being professional and serving the interest of those ‘seeking revanchism’. 


Turkish press: Azerbaijan’s president, OIC chief discuss promotion of Islamic solidarity

Ahmed Asmar   |27.06.2022


ANKARA

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met on Monday with Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha to discuss the bloc’s vision to promote Islamic solidarity and joint Islamic action.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 11th session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers in the capital Baku.

"President [Aliyev] pledged Azerbaijan's full support to the Secretary-General's vision and mission to protect and safeguard the interest of the Muslim world," the OIC said in a statement.

During the meeting, Taha congratulated the Azerbaijani leader on the liberation of its territories from Armenian occupation and voiced support to the country's efforts to reconstruct its liberated areas.

On Sept. 27, 2020, a 44-day conflict ended with Azerbaijan's liberation of several cities and over 300 settlements and villages that had been occupied by Armenia for almost three decades.

Gielda Papierów Wartosciowych w Warszawie S A : GPW Acquires Armenia Securities Exchange

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GPW Acquires Armenia Securities Exchange

2022-06-28 17:50:16

Yerevan,

PRESS RELEASE

  • The Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW) has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with the Central Bank of Armenia (CBoA) to buy a 65,03% stake in the Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX) from CBoA
  • GPW and CBoA have signed a Shareholders' Agreement regarding the participation of the contracting parties in AMX
  • The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of Polish and Armenian authorities, including Marcin Przydacz, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On , during a ceremony in Yerevan, Marek Dietl, President of the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW), signed a Share Purchase Agreement between GPW as the buyer and the Central Bank of Armenia (CBoA) as the seller of a majority stake in the Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX) representing 65.03% of shares. CBoA was represented by Martin Galstyan, Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia. A Shareholders' Agreement regarding the participation of the contracting parties in AMX was also signed in Yerevan between GPW and CBoA. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of the Polish government: Marcin Przydacz, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Paweł Cieplak, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Armenia.

"We firmly believe that this transaction lays new foundations in Polish-Armenian relations as a clear _expression_ of the 700-year history of mutual trust and respect that binds our two nations. Poland and the Warsaw Stock Exchange are helping Armenia to build economic relations with the West in small steps. We consider this investment as a long-term partnership. Our aim is to recreate with joint efforts the capital markets of Armenia and thrive to extend our business further into the region. We also expect to develop the capital markets infrastructure, creating opportunity for businesses to raise sustainable and affordable capital while enabling the investors and savers to manage their savings and investments more professionally within a wider range of investment products and opportunities," said Marek Dietl, President of the Management Board of GPW.

The detailed development plan of AMX and the Armenian capital market is set out in the long-term development strategy of AMX, which was developed in co-operation with the EBRD and GPW. GPW intends to support the development of the capital market in Armenia by leveraging its 30 years of experience in building a capital market in Poland.

"We believe this to be an important milestone in the development of Armenian capital markets. Having found such a partner in the Warsaw Stock Exchange, realizing we have the same vision and similar aspirations, we believe this deal to be a turning point in the chronicles of capital markets in Armenia. Under the leadership of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, with their experience and knowledge, AMX has the full potential to expand and become the robust stock market ready to take up the challenges of the 21st century and lead the region," said Martin Galstyan, Governor of the Central Bank of Armenia.

The joint-stock company AMX is the only stock exchange currently operating in Armenia (as the Armenia Securities Exchange from 2001 and as NASDAQ OMX Armenia since 2008). For more than 18 years, the exchange has been an organised securities market in Armenia, offering market professionals a fully automated electronic trading platform. The AMX Group's core business is to organise trading in financial instruments and operate a depository and clearing house for trading in financial instruments in Armenia. The company is headquartered in Armenia's capital, Yerevan. Currently listed instruments include equities, corporate and government bonds, currency, credit, as well as repos and swaps. AMX continues to work on introducing other organised markets. The Central Bank of Armenia is the supervisory and regulatory authority for the stock exchange and the Armenian capital market. AMX is a member of the Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS) and the International Association of CIS Exchanges. Since 2008, AMX is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia.

As a result of the transaction, GPW will become the majority shareholder of AMX holding a block of 967 shares, representing a 65.03% stake in the company's total share capital. CBoA will hold 372 shares representing a 25.02% stake in the company's share capital. The remaining 9.95% i.e. 148 shares are AMX's Treasury shares. In addition, GPW will indirectly take control of the Central Depository of Armenia (CDA), in which AMX currently holds a 100% stake.

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On 18 September 2020, the GPW Management Board signed an agreement with the Central Bank of Armenia (CBoA) to negotiate the acquisition of a majority stake representing 65% of shares in the Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX). On 19 May 2022, the GPW Management Board and the GPW Supervisory Board approved the acquisition of a 65.03% stake in the Armenia Securities Exchange. On 24 May 2022, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Marek Dietl, President of the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW), and Hayk Yeganyan, President of the Management Board of the Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX), signed a memorandum and initialled a Share Purchase Agreement setting out the terms of GPW's acquisition of a majority stake in AMX. The agreement was initialled in the presence of Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, and Vahagn Khachaturyan, President of the Republic of Armenia.

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The Warsaw Stock Exchange Group (GPW Group) operates trading platforms for shares, Treasury and corporate bonds, derivatives, electricity and gas, and provides indices and benchmarks including WIBOR and WIBID. The index agent FTSE Russell classifies the Polish capital market as a Developed Market since 2018. The markets operated by the GPW Group are the biggest in Central and Eastern Europe. For more information, visit www.gpw.pl

The Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX) is the only securities regulated market operator in Armenia. As an integrated exchange offering, AMX provides a full suite of services including listing, trading, clearing, information services and alternative market solutions. Investors receive a wide range of investment products and maximum transparency, together with the smooth and efficient execution and clearing of trade transactions. Being a 100% shareholder of the Central Depository of Armenia, AMX also provides integrated settlement solutions for both resident and non-resident clients by utilizing the central depository's international settlement network and relationships with global depositories. AMX as a group has a pivotal role in the Armenian financial system.
The mission of AMX is to enhance and develop the infrastructure of the Armenian capital market and create an attractive business environment. We will do this by becoming an active financing tool for the Armenian economy, enabling the raising of capital and investments. Through the expertise, experience and passion of our people, AMX ensures that our operations are built on foundations of quality, security and trust.

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Armenians hold Arab League, World responsible for Turkey for settlement in their lands

Kurdish Press – Belgium
 The co-chair of the Armenian Social Council, Arief Kasbian, held the Arab League and the international community responsible for Turkey’s settlement projects on the lands of the displaced Armenians in the occupied Syrian regions, Turkey and its endeavors to change the demography of the region, indicating at the same time that this policy is an extension of the Armenian massacres at the hands of the Ottomans in the nineties of the last century.  .

 The Turkish occupation state continues its settlement projects within the occupied Syrian areas amid the silence of the international forces, despite the rejection of the region’s residents and the warnings of the Autonomous Administration and human rights organizations in north and east Syria against Turkey’s efforts to carve out and annex the occupied Syrian lands.

 The Turkish settlement projects are funded by "Qatari, Kuwaiti, and Palestinian" organizations and associations, especially in the Afrin canton, the occupied Serêkaniyê and Girê Spî/Tal Abyad areas.  It was within the land of the Armenian diaspora in Girê Spî / Tel Abyad.

A local source from the town of Al-Ali Baglia in the occupied canton of Girê Spî / Tal Abyad told our agency on June 23 that the Kuwaiti "Sheikh Zayed Organization" had started building a religious complex on a land of 170 dunums owned by the Armenian diaspora Akop.

 With Kuwaiti money, the occupation is building a religious complex on the land of an Armenian diaspora in Girê Spi – Hawar News Agency (hawarnews.com)

 Commenting on the issue, the co-chair of the Armenian Social Council in al-Hasakah Canton, Arief Qasbian, confirmed to our agency that "the occupation of the lands and the forced displacement of the Armenians, and the seizure of their lands, is a systematic and continuous policy pursued by the Turkish occupation state, to eliminate the history, civilization and presence of the Armenians," indicating that this policy began  since the massacres of Armenians at the hands of the Ottomans.

 Arief noted that their occupied areas in northern and eastern Syria are witnessing a demographic change before the eyes of the world, considering the silence of international forces as tacit approval and partnership in the genocide of the Armenians and the rest of the region’s components of the Kurds, Arabs, Circassians, and others.

 Arief Kasbian pointed out the silence of the Arab community towards the Arab organizations participating in financing the settlement projects of the Turkish occupation state, saying: "The organization that supports the settlement project on the lands of the Armenians is Kuwaiti, and Kuwait is a state in the Arab League, but the League is silent and did not express a clear position regarding the settlement on the Syrian lands.  through these Kuwaiti organizations.

 Arief Qasbian also held the community and international forces, led by the League of Arab States, responsible for the actions of the Turkish occupation state in terms of displacing the people, seizing their property, and changing the demography of the region.  Turkey's settlement projects in northern and eastern Syria.

 The co-chair of the Armenian Social Council in Al-Hasakah Canton, Arief Qasbian, called on human rights organizations and the United Nations to intervene and limit the project, which she described as "the Turkish-Kuwaiti-Qatari project", and the crimes of the Turkish occupation state against the peoples of the region, and to protect the existence of the components in light of attempts to exterminate them.

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https://www.hawarnews.com/en/haber/armenians-hold-al-world-responsible-for-turkey-for-settlement-in-their-lands-h31510.html

Watch the report in Arabic at the link below

الأرمن يحمّلون الجامعة العربية والعالم مسؤولية استيلاء تركيا على ممتلكاتهم والاستيطان أراضيهم 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OpO3I0uopI&t=220s


International Weightlifting Federation has new President

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YEREVAN, JUNE 28, ARMENPRESS. Mohammed Jalood has been elected as the new President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), the IWF said in a statement.

“President Jalood brings extensive experience within the sport; having been a weightlifting athlete for 13 years, working within the administration for 26 years and spending the last five as IWF General Secretary”, the IWF said.

Upon his election he thanked the weightlifting family and out-going Interim President Dr. Michael Irani for all the good work done together.

PM Pashinyan, Ambassador of Egypt exchange views on development of cooperation in different spheres

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YEREVAN, JUNE 28, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan received Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Armenia Bahaa El Din Bahgat Dessouki, ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction with the current level of the political dialogue between Armenia and Egypt, attaching importance to the implementation of consistent steps aimed at developing economic cooperation. In this regard, Nikol Pashinyan stressed the necessity of discussing and implementing specific programs and ideas by the governments of the two countries, as well as expanding the agenda of bilateral relations. The Prime Minister praised the role of the Ambassador in promoting cooperation between Armenia and Egypt, expressing confidence that his efforts will yield new results.

In turn, Bahaa El Din Bahgat Dessouki noted that the Egyptian government is interested in developing relations with Armenia in various directions.

During the meeting, the interlocutors attached importance to organizing high-level reciprocal visits, during which it will be possible to discuss more substantively the mutually beneficial projects and prospects for their implementation.

The sides exchanged views on the development of cooperation in air communication, tourism and other spheres of the economy.

PM Pashinyan, Ambassador of Egypt exchange views on development of cooperation in different spheres

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YEREVAN, JUNE 28, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan received Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Armenia Bahaa El Din Bahgat Dessouki, ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction with the current level of the political dialogue between Armenia and Egypt, attaching importance to the implementation of consistent steps aimed at developing economic cooperation. In this regard, Nikol Pashinyan stressed the necessity of discussing and implementing specific programs and ideas by the governments of the two countries, as well as expanding the agenda of bilateral relations. The Prime Minister praised the role of the Ambassador in promoting cooperation between Armenia and Egypt, expressing confidence that his efforts will yield new results.

In turn, Bahaa El Din Bahgat Dessouki noted that the Egyptian government is interested in developing relations with Armenia in various directions.

During the meeting, the interlocutors attached importance to organizing high-level reciprocal visits, during which it will be possible to discuss more substantively the mutually beneficial projects and prospects for their implementation.

The sides exchanged views on the development of cooperation in air communication, tourism and other spheres of the economy.

Garibashvili, Pashinyan Meet in Dilijan

Civil Georgia
June 20 2022



On June 18, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili paid a visit to northern Armenia’s spa town of Dilijan to meet with his Armenian counterpart Nikol Pashinyan.

The two Prime Ministers discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in the fields of trade, economy, transport, logistics, and culture, per the Georgian Government’s press release.

The parties also touched on the current situation and challenges facing the region.

The PMs also expressed readiness for future cooperation and the deepening of “friendly” relations.

PRESS RELEASE – AUA Alumna Karine Sarkissian (MBA ‘93) Appointed CEO of Insurance Foundation for Servicemen

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AUA Alumna Karine Sarkissian (MBA ‘93) Appointed CEO of Insurance Foundation for Servicemen

YEREVAN, Armenia — Karine Sarkissian (MBA ‘93), one of our cherished alumni from the American University of Armenia’s (AUA) first graduating class of 1993, was recently hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Foundation for Servicemen, commonly known as the 1000plus.am organization. An accomplished alumna, Sarkissian has enjoyed a rich career filled with notable milestones, all of which she proudly attributes to her AUA education. 

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sarkissian is proud of her upbringing in her homeland, a place from which she can’t envision being far from, saying, “I am an Armenian from Armenia, and I will always be here.” Raised and educated in a Soviet society, she recalls being one of many who dreamt of traveling to the United States to explore the western lifestyle, culture, education, and work opportunities. After the collapse of the USSR, freedom and autonomy of decision-making were granted to citizens and many constraints were lifted. Soon after, AUA was founded, and Sarkissian was granted the opportunity to join the first cohort of graduates. 

Speaking about her experiences at AUA in those early years, Sarkissian recalls admiring the faculty and appreciating the totally different educational style at the University, which she credits for shaping her as a professional. “The whole class [of 1993] demonstrated a great passion for learning and felt privileged to be studying in the American education system, which also came with its own challenges as it was totally new to us,” she says. After obtaining her MBA in 1993, she continued her studies in management at Northwestern University in Illinois as a recipient of the Edmund S. Muskie Scholarship Program, graduating in 1995 and returning back home to Armenia. 

Since then, Sarkissian has held key leadership positions with reputable companies in both the private and public sectors, including Johnson & Johnson; the Coca-Cola Company; the United Nations; the Austrian Development Agency; and the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia. In her most recent appointment as CEO of the Insurance Foundation for Servicemen — established to provide compensation for the well-being of fallen, missing, and disabled Armenian soldiers and their families — she feels greatly honored and a strong sense of responsibility. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to war victims and their families who sacrificed their lives for our country, and we will do our best to support them financially, as well as connect them with the proper resources so they may prosper and thrive,” she says. 

As Armenia continues to recover and grow in a post-war and post-pandemic society, Sarkissian acknowledges the critical role education will play in Armenia’s economic growth and advancement. Noting AUA’s 30th anniversary, Sarkissian reiterates the University’s tremendous contributions in setting and maintaining the highest standards of quality and globally competitive education, saying, “AUA plays a flagship role as a model for other educational institutions to replicate. AUA has successfully generated thousands of graduates who have impacted and will continue to impact Armenia. With a highly educated generation, we can build a better society and a powerful and globally competitive Armenian nation.”

As a successful alumna, Sarkissian imparts sound advice to current and future AUA students and graduates, emphasizing the importance of clearly drawing their career objectives early on and working toward achieving them through volunteer or internship opportunities available to them as soon as possible. “Today’s job market is very dynamic. One needs to be in a continuous learning mode to develop the soft and technical skills necessary to stay competitive in the workplace and benefit one’s personal life,” she comments, reminding everyone to “be a proud graduate of AUA, the leading educational institution in Armenia.”

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values. 

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