Armenian International Policy Research Group
P.O. Box 28179
Washington, DC 20038-9998
Phone: (202) 623-8605, (202) 458-2589
Fax: (202) 478-0934
E-mail: [email protected]

Yerevan Office
40 Baghramian Ave.
Yerevan, Armenia 375 019
Phone: (3741) 512-670
Fax: (3741) 512-679

Third Annual AIPRG International Conference on Armenia

Income Distribution and Social Safety Nets

January 15-16, 2005

The World Bank

For online registration, go to:

Conference Program

Day 1: Saturday, January 15

7:30 AM Registration and Coffee

8:30 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Introductory Remarks: AIPRG Co-Chairs

Welcoming Remarks: H.E. Arman Kirakossian, Ambassador of Armenia in the U.S.

Keynote Opening Address: Vahram Nercissiantz, Chief Economic Adviser to the

President of Armenia and AIPRG Advisory Board

Conference Thematic Address: Haroutone Armenian, President of American
University of Armenia and AIPRG Advisory Board

Session I - Growth and Development

Chair: Mohsin S. Khan, Director, Middle East and Central Asia
Department, IMF*

9:30 AM Julian Karaguesian, Ministry of Finance, Canada

Reversing Armenia's De-Industrialization: the Role of Strong Governance and

Solid Institutions

Discussant: Saumya Mitra, Lead Economist, The World Bank

10:15 AM Bryan Roberts, BearingPoint, USA

Armenia's Remittances: Economic Impact and Optimizing Strategy

Discussant: Ralph Chami, Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

11:00 AM Coffee Break

Session II - Macroeconomic Policies

Chair: Padreep Mitra, Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia Region,
The World Bank *

11:30 AM Bagrat Tunyan, The World Bank Armenia Office

The Shadow Part of the Armenian Economy: Size, Causes, and Consequences

Discussant: Professor Jeffrey Miller, University of Delaware

12:15 PM Grigor Sargsyan, Central Bank of Armenia

Inflation and Output in Armenia: the Threshold Effect Revisited

Discussant: Levon Barseghyan, Assistant Professor, Cornell
University and AIPRG

1:00 PM Lunch (World Bank Executive Dinning Room)

Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Professor William Easterly, New York

University, Department of Economics*

Session III - Poverty and Income Distribution

Chair: Ad Melkert, Executive Director, The World Bank, and AIPRG
Advisory Board

2:30 PM Gohar Minasyan, IMF Armenia Office

Aghassi Lazarian, UNDP Armenia Office

Factors Behind Rural Poverty in Armenia

Discussant: Martin Ravallion, Research Manager, The World Bank*

3:15 PM Astghik Minasyan, Ministry of Labor and Social Issues, Armenia

Hasmik Ghukasyan, USAID/PADCO Armenia Office

Targeting State Social Assistance to the Most Needy: the
Armenian Experience

Discussant: Professor Ara Khanjian, Ventura College and AIPRG

4:00 PM Coffee Break

4:30 PM Discussion Session IV - Reforms in Health and Social Services

Chair: Carolann Najarian, President, Armenian Health Alliance

Panelists: Sergey Khachatryan and Lusine Aydinyan, Health Project
Implement. Unit, Arm.

Beneficiary Assessment of the First Stage of Armenian Health Sector

Marine Adamyan, World Vision Armenia Office

Integrated Approaches to Well-Being and Quality of Life

Hilda Grigorian, Grigorian Business Consultants, USA

Trafficking of Women and Young Girls in Armenia: Reality or

8:00 PM Reception at the Armenian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by H.E. Ambassador Arman Kirakossian

Location: Embassy of the Republic of Armenia

2225 R Street, NW

Washington, DC 20008

Day 2: Sunday, January 16

Session I - Governance and Civil Society

Chair: E.J. Dionne, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution*

9:00 AM Arman Khachaturyan and Mark Airaudo, Centre for European Policy
Studies, Belg.

The Political Economy of Transition in Armenia: Quo Vadis?

Discussant: Phil Uhlmann, Assistant Professor, Bentley College and

Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University

9:45 AM Anna Ohanyan, Simmons College and University of Massachusetts,

Civilizing Civil Society: Framework for Tri-Sectoral Civil
Society Engagement

and Negotiation Culture in Armenia

Discussant: Professor William Ascher, Vice President and Dean of the

Claremont McKenna College and AIPRG Advisory Board

10:30 AM Coffee Break

Session II - Public and Private Services Provision

Chair: Michael Blackman, Deputy Director, Office of Economic
Restructuring and Energy,

US Agency for International Development, Mission to Armenia

11:00 AM Paul Holden and Vahe Sahakyan, The Enterprise Research
Institute, USA

Issues Related to Promoting Competitive Business Environment in

Discussant: Professor Richard Beilock, University of Florida and

11:45 AM Audrey Selian, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA

The Use of IC Technologies in the Armenian Government

Discussant: Greg Aftandilian, Independent Consultant

12:30 PM Lunch (Lobby of the Main Complex, The World Bank)

Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Vahan Zanoyan, President and CEO,

PFC Energy Corporation

2:00 PM Discussion Session III - Trade and Geopolitics

Chair: Hratch Tchilingirian, Associate Director, Eurasia Program, Judge
Institute of

Management, University of Cambridge, UK

Panelists: Karine Torosyan, Department of Economics, Oregon State
University, USA

Armenia's Trade Structure in Comparative Prospective

Asbed Kotchikian, Boston University, USA

Border Politics: the Political and Geopolitical Implications of
Opening of

Turkish-Armenian Border

Richard Giragosian, Abt Associates and AIPRG

Toward a New Concept of Armenian National Security

4:00 PM Discussion Session IV - Diaspora-Armenia Economic Link

Chair: Noubar Afeyan, Managing Partner and CEO, Flagship Ventures

and Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Panelists: Berge Ayvazian, Armenian High Tech Council of America and AIPRG

Strategic Direction's of the Diaspora in Armenia's Economic

Aaron Shirinian, U.S. Embassy in Armenia

On Donor Aid Coordination and Its Relevance for the Diaspora

Kaia Miller, Aslan Global and Armenia2020

The Essential Element in Effective Diaspora-Homeland Partnerships: A
Discussion of Views from Armenia and Its Diaspora

* - invited.