USAID works to enhance more inclusive growth in Armenia by supporting activities that can develop new and sustainable value chains, create new jobs, increase access to markets and finance, and incentivize Armenians to stay and work in their communities. USAID has been critical in supporting the Government of Armenia to advance civil aviation liberalization reform to make Armenia a more desirable tourism destination. USAID’s cultural, cross-border and rural tourism activities seek to create new opportunities for Armenia’s small and medium businesses to grow and generate income while alleviating rural isolation, stimulating regional cooperation and enhancing visitor experiences. USAID is also helping Armenia to develop its human capital endowment and its ability to advance in one of the world’s most competitive sectors – Information Technologies. As a direct result of USAID’s engagement, large multinational corporations such as Microsoft, National Instruments, and IBM have substantial investments in Armenia through public-private partnerships.
USAID programs in agribusiness and hospitality management will specifically emphasize rural development across the country, including some of the most marginalized communities. USAID will work to increase rural employment by tackling community competitiveness, workforce development and small scale infrastructure renovation. Activities will also promote rural entrepreneurship, facilitate trade and better access to local and regional markets for rural businesses, as well as address the needs of rural entrepreneurs through partnerships with regional, community and non-governmental organizations.
Armenian National Engineering Laboratories (ANEL) – a Global Development Alliance with the Enterprise Incubator Foundation, State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), National Instruments, and the RA Ministry of Education and Science. The state-of-the-art labs at SEUA provide modern engineering education to help address Armenia’s shortage of and demand for qualified specialists who are trained in up-to-date technologies. The project will also strengthen the educational capacity and enhance the research potential of SEUA by upgrading and expanding its laboratory facilities and teaching skills.
The Establishment of Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center public private partnership with IBM helps develop and strengthen the educational capabilities of Armenian higher educational institutions and enhance their research potential.
The Cultural Tourism Activity will support Armenia’s tourism sector through a unique combination of research, creative product development, capacity building, and a strong focus on fresh approaches in the industry. The project will leverage Armenia’s existing historical and cultural sites with its intangible cultural heritage with appeal to a broad international market and with a potential to bring more visitors to Armenia.
The Fostering Turkish-Armenian Tourism Cooperation (BRIDGES) project spurs regional economic growth through establishing a Network of Turkish and Armenian Tour Operators (TATON), creating Armenia-Turkey cross-border tourism packages, and promoting the region as a tourism destination. At the same time, the project will encourage local development, especially in rural areas.
The Partnership for Rural Prosperity (PRP) program promotes rural economic development in Armenia. PRP will help rural communities to identify local economic growth opportunities, expand employment prospects for women, youth and vulnerable groups, facilitates infrastructure upgrades, and improve access to finance and markets. The program will launch a nationwide Local Economic Development initiative to introduce a brand new approach to community development that engages both private and public actors and community members.
The Advanced Rural Development Initiative (ARDI) will develop competitive rural value chains to increase incomes and improve livelihoods of 48 rural communities in Syunik, Shirak and Lori marzes of Armenia. ARDI will also build the capacity of rural entrepreneurs–specifically youth and women–to increase their sales and/or revenues and create jobs for community members.
The Development of Private Extension Service System in Armenia (DPESSA) project supports the establishment of a private extension service system in Armenia to provide the farmers with latest technical information, improved agricultural, financial and business development services, and access to farm and agribusiness supplies.
Support for the Armenian Agricultural Census – Through this project, USAID will provide technical assistance to Armenia to conduct the first National Agricultural Census in over hundred years. The census will help the Armenian government to collect data on agricultural development and food security, and better plan and support the sector’s development.
Support to the Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) – The project assists the ATC and the International Center of Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) in building their capacity to serve as a leading educational and research institution and center of excellence in agriculture and agribusiness in Armenia and in the region.
The Expansion of Economic Ties with Turkey activity aims to develop lasting partnerships between non-governmental organizations, entities and businesses from Armenia and Turkey. The project will also help promote joint business activities through the exchange of technical expertise and increased business transactions in the dairy, dried fruit and greenhouse sectors.
Last updated: October 01, 2015