ARMENIA’S PROGRAM WINS AWARD
- The Poverty Reduction Support Credit series program in Armenia was named one of 13 winners Wednesday in the World Bank’s “Improving the Lives of People in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) 2009 – A Celebration of Learning and Innovation” competition. “The World Bank’s PRSC program in Armenia demonstrated remarkable results in many reform areas,” said Asad Alam, the World Bank Country Director for Armenia. “Project implementation outcomes could be multiple folds when it is based on country’s own strategic development program and thus there is a strong commitment from the government counterparts’ side for implementation and monitoring. Well coordinated donor support also was another factor contributing to a successful implementation of Armenia PRSC series.” Under the PRSC Series, the macroeconomic discipline and management showed impressive results. The growth momentum has been particularly notable in Armenia. GDP growth has averaged above 12 per cent per year, which resulted in expansion of the economic output by 58 per cent over the 2004-2008 period. Poverty has fallen from 35 per cent in 2004 to 25 per cent by the end of 2007. Implementation of PRSCs helped upgrading tax and customs administrations through introduction of self-assessment systems in tax administration, institutional changes made in the large taxpayer unit, implementation of reviews to support direct trader input (DTI) in customs; reduction of discretionary inspections to 25 percent in 2008 compared with its level in 2004. The Action Plan adopted by the Government has resulted in the establishment of an independent State Forest Monitoring Center, with a mandate to carry out studies for the purposes of preventing illegal timber logging, transportation, and sale, and to monitor state forests for the incidence of illegal activity.
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1853 Birth of Christapor Kara Murza (composer and conductor) in Gharazubazar (Crimea, Ukraine) . He died in 1902.
- 1856 After the Crimean War, Sultan Abdul Mejid of Turkey signed an Edict on the security of life for the non-Muslim peoples of the Ottoman Empire. This Proclamation, the goal of which was to prevent possible Russian intervention, did not change the Armenians' situation at all.
- 1856 Sultan Abdul Megid publishes the "Hatti Hoomayoon" reform plan as the second statement of the "Tanzimat". No reforms took place.
- 1877 Birth of academician and author, Derenik Demirtjian. He died in 1956.
- 1879 Creation of the "Cilician Society" benevolent organization. Its purpose was the spread of national education in Cilicia. The founders were Minas Sheraz, Karapet Karakyan, Hrant Asatoor, Hakob Nazaryan, and others.
- 1918 Andranik's small force arrives in Erzroom (Western Armenia). It could not repel the attack of the 25 000-strong Turkish Army. It fought a rear-guard action and managed to save many refugees by bringing them to the Caucasus.
- 1920 Foundation of the Armenian Government Red Cross.
- 1921 Revolt against the Bolshevik government in Armenia.
- 1921 The anti-Bolshevik February Rebellion in Armenia ended in victory for the people.
- 1963 Death of Catholicos Zareh the First of the Cilician See.
- 1977 The monument of Commander Gai (Haik Bjshkiants) is inaugurated in Yerevan.
- 1994 Artsakh forces regain control of the Omar Pass having lost it three months earlier.
- 1994 The Moscow Communique is issued following negotiations among the defense ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Artsakh.