Mkhitar Hayrapetyan, the Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, recently visited the headquarters of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, in Yerevan, seeking to familiarize himself with the organization’s work and explore avenues of collaboration.
After being welcomed by Executive Director Ara Vardanyan, the newly-appointed minister was introduced to the staff of the Fund and acquainted with its activities. Vardanyan also presented to the minister an overview of the Fund’s work in the past 26 years.
Following a one-on-one discussion with Vardanyan, Minister Hayrapetyan stated that collaboration between the Ministry of Diaspora and the Fund will be expanded, and that
he looked forward to further talks in this regard. “Our Ministry will work very closely with the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund,” Hayrapetyan said. “Generally speaking, and in conceptual terms, stronger emphasis must be placed on collaboration between the state and public-benefit foundations. The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, the Ministry of Diaspora, and pan-Armenian structures across the globe share an overarching mission, which is to secure the stable development of Armenia and Artsakh. Although Mr. Vardanyan and I haven’t discussed any specific details pertaining to a partnership between our two institutions, I would like to stress once again that we share a single goal and serve a common quest.”
On his part, Vardanyan underscored the importance of the meeting with the minister and expressed confidence that it will lead to positive results. “Soon, we will explore various ways in which we can collaborate,” Vardanyan said. “Yet we must not forget that our two institutions have different functions: while the Ministry of Diaspora aims to draw Diaspora communities to the homeland and bolster efforts of cultural preservation, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund is focused on raising global support for the ongoing development of Armenia and Artsakh. Still, it’s quite conceivable that, in the future, the Fund will be engaged in certain spheres that are within the purview of the Ministry of Diaspora. There are, in fact, areas that are of interest to us and the Ministry alike, specifically in terms of harnessing the scientific and technological potential of the Diaspora.”
Since its inception in 1992, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has implemented more than 1,100 major projects, with a total value of over $350 million, in Armenia Artsakh, with the support of 700,000 donors from throughout the twin republics and the Diaspora.