14:21 ~U 02.04.13

On April 2, the USAID-funded Enterprise Development and Market
Competitiveness (EDMC) Project and the Armenian Monuments Awareness
Project (AMAP) announced the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC)
project, a two-year initiative that fosters tourism development,
cross-border cooperation and economic development in 173 communities
across four countries of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor ~V Armenia,
Georgia, Greece and Turkey.

A trail of cultural sites will be marked throughout the region,
says a press release by USAID/Armenia.

The President of AMAP, Richard Ney, explained how the trail will be
marked, which Armenian cultural, historical and natural sites will
be part of the trail and how the project will be implemented during
the next two years. The Armenian trail will encompass 43 sites in the
capital Yerevan as well as in Shirak, Aragatsotn, Kotayk, Gegharkunik,
Vayots Dzor, and Syunik provinces.

US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, Head of the EU Delegation to
Armenia Traian Laurentiu Hristea, Deputy Minister of Economy Garegin
Melkonyan, Deputy Minister of Culture Arev Samuelyan, President of the
Armenian branch of the International Council on Monuments and Sites
(ICOMOS-Armenia) and Director of Erebuni Museum Gagik Gyurjian were
present during the announcement and delivered remarks.

In Armenia, the project is funded by the EU Black Sea Cross Border
Cooperation framework, USAID through its EDMC Project, and AMAP as the
lead implementer. The Project is expected to alleviate rural isolation
and develop local communities through the creation of tourism networks
and the promotion of local (rural) services and traditional products.

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