12th meeting of US-Armenia Task Force to start in Yerevan on May 2

29.04.2006 15:55

The 12th meeting of the US-Armenia Task Force (USATF) will be held in
Yerevan on May 2. The meeting will be chaired by RA Minister of
Finance and Economy Vardan Khachatryan and US Coordinator for Europe
and Eurasia Tom Adams. According to the Press Service of the RA
Ministry of Finance and Economy, it is envisaged to discuss issues of
bilateral interest, present the programs under implementation and to
clarify issues of the programmed measures. Among the issues on the
USATF agenda are measures to encourage Armenia's economic development,
democratic reforms, the Millennium Challenge Program-related issues,
macroeconomic policy and long-term development promotion programs, tax
and customs sector reforms. Problems of agriculture, judicial and
energy sectors, educational and scientific issues, as well as the
fight against terrorism and other programs of mutual interest will be
addressed during the meeting. The USATF was established in 2000 with
the aim of promoting the cooperation between the two countries and
enhancing the efficiency of assistance programs implemented by the US
government in Armenia. The USATF holds two meetings annually - in
Washington and Yerevan. Over the past decade, the US government has
implemented various development and humanitarian programs of a total
of 1.6 billion dollars in Armenia.