On September 29, AGBU Yerevan hosted the “E-Governance Armenia” conference organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Tumo Center for Creative Technologies and the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia to Armenia. The main goal of this conference was to raise public awareness about electronic governance, discuss the next steps of making information and services as user friendly and accessible as possible by harmonizing the different systems, as well as find ways of more active and effective involvement of the Diaspora in the electronic governance system of our country that would be beneficial both for the Diaspora and Armenia. “First of all, electronic governance makes life easier for people, and it makes it a lot easier to govern the country. It also delivers a positive message to the whole world that Armenia is getting better, it’s modernizing. Armenia has built up a lot of digital resources and now you should start using them. This is not only the Armenian government’s standing, this is also my personal conviction as an independent expert”, said Ivar Tallo, Founder of e-Governance Academy, Estonia. Opening remarks at the conference were delivered by Vache Gabrielyan, Republic of Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms, Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Central Board Member, Priit Turk, Ambassador of Estonia to Armenia, and Piotr Switalski, Ambassador, Head of EU Delegation to Armenia. The conference focused on the results of the e-Governance initiatives implemented in Armenia and the key steps for the future development of the field including the creation of atmosphere of trust. Emphasizing the importance of the conference in raising public awareness about electronic governance, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian spoke about Diaspora’s involvement in the system, “The capabilities of this platform are huge and we should think about how we can use these capabilities, how we can consolidate and coordinate our resources both in Armenia and the Diaspora, to strengthen the nation, as well as how we can make this platform accessible to those in the Diaspora, involve the Diaspora in e-Governance and thus help Armenia”. Among the panelists of the conference were David Harutyunyan, RA Government’s Chief of Staff, Stepan Petrosyan, Advisor to the RA Diaspora Minister, Kristi Raidma, Program Manager at EU Delegation to Armenia, Raffi Kassarjian, Chairman of Repat Armenia, Artak Melkonian, Senior Advisor at UNDP Armenia, Sergey Tantushian, Deputy CEO at IDeA Foundation, Pegor Papazian, Board Member of Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, Vahe Keushguerian, Chairman of the Impact Hub Board of Trustees, Karen Gharslyan, President of Haik-AGBU Germany, and Aram Orbelyan, Senior Partner at Concern Dialog. Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation at EU Delegation to Armenia, was the host of the conference. The conference was attended by government officials, representatives of international organizations, IT experts, representatives of Diasporan organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. Q&A sessions followed each panel discussion.






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