Vanessa Kachadurian Armenian Museum of America February 22nd.

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Vanessa Kachadurian, Ancient Historical Armenian Church to be museum

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According to some art historians, Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakır is the largest in the Middle East. The complex sprawls over 3,200 square meters and includes priests’ houses, chapels and a school. AA photo

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Vanessa Kachadurian Armenian History a lesson in first coins

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From the history of Armenian coins. First Armenian coins
The coins of kings of Sophene (Tsopk) dated to the second half of the 3rd century BC are believed to the first Armenian coins.

The history of Armenian money is rich, diverse and interesting. Armenians are undoubtedly one of the nations with the ancient money history, as the territory of historical Armenia was in the vicinity of the birthplace of the first antique coins. Coinage, which is considered to be a major event in the development of society, started approximately at the end of the 8th or at the beginning of 7th century BC in Lydia, an Iron Age kingdom of western Asia Minor located generally east of ancient Ionia in the modern western Turkish provinces of Uşak, Manisa and inland Izmir.
September 24, 2013
PanARMENIAN.Net – The oldest coins found in the territory of Armenia date back to 6th-5th centuries BC. These are silver coins made in the Achaemenid Empire and the Greek cities of Athens and Miletus.
In the middle of the 6th century BC, Armenia fell under the rule of the Achaemenid Empire and its territory was divided into eastern and western parts consisting of areas governed by satraps, who got the right to coin at the end of the 5th century BC.
Oront (in Armenian sources mentioned as Yervant, 362-345 BC), the satrap of the eastern part of Armenia, and Tiribaz (386-380 BC), who governed the western part, had coins with their own images.
It’s noteworthy that coins of Macedonian king Philip II (359-336 BC) and Alexander the Great were discovered in the territory of Armenia, although there is not enough evidence that the locals used money at that time, and, apparently, trade was conducted through exchange. However, the discovery proves that the people knew about the usage of coins.
The coins of kings of Sophene (Tsopk) dated to the second half of the 3rd century BC are believed to the first Armenian coins.

The coins of the following Armenian kings are known: Sames (about 260 BC), Arsham I (about 240 BC), Arsham II (about 230 BC), Xerxes (about 220 BC), Abdidares (about 210 BC).
Description of coins First Armenian coins were copper coins, with a very small number of them preserved. The coins of the period of Sophene kings’ rule were minted in Hellenistic style. The obverse showed the image of the ruler (profile of the king in a characteristic pointed headdress). The reverse demonstrated various mythological images, for example a horseman symbolizing the king, an eagle, or the name of the king in Greek letters.
The material was prepared in cooperation with Gevorg Mughalyan, the numismatist of the Central Bank of Armenia.
Viktoria Araratyan / PanARMENIAN.Net, Varo Rafayelyan / PanARMENIAN Photo
http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/details/170397/

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Vanessa Kachadurian Armenia is a valued friend and partner to USA: John Heffern | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency

Armenia is a valued friend and partner to USA: John Heffern | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency.

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Vanessa Kachadurian, ANCA and State Department discuss bilateral trade and investments to Armenia

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State Department, Armenian Embassy, and ANCA Discuss Practical Steps Toward Increased Bilateral Trade and Investment
WASHINGTON—Representatives of the U.S. Department of State, the Armenian Embassy, and the Armenian-American community shared views and explored practical paths toward expanded U.S.-Armenia bilateral trade and investment at a roundtable talk hosted this week by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
The town-hall format meeting, held in the Aramian Conference Room of the ANCA’s Washington headquarters, was opened by ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian, who noted that the purpose of the roundtable—and the broader challenge before American friends of Armenia—was to pursue practical and productive avenues to act on the existing consensus behind expanded U.S.-Armenia economic relations. Hamparian cited the broad range of supportive stakeholders in the process, ranging from the U.S. and Armenian governments to the Armenian-American community and a broad array of American companies doing business in Armenia.
ANCA Trade and Investment Policy Specialist Nora Khanarian, Ph.D., in a presentation outlining the current state of economic relations and setting forth possible future scenarios for U.S.-Armenia relations, stressed that there are a variety of ways in which these relations can be strengthened in parallel—at the government, business, and individual levels—each building upon the foundation that has progressively been put in place since Armenia’s independence. She added that despite the challenges of doing business in any emerging market, a stronger partnership would nurture the positive trends in Armenia over the past 10 years. This progress would help move Armenia from a reliance on aid towards trade, transitioning into one of the freest economies in the region, and demonstrating competitive advantages in specific sectors such as IT and pharmaceuticals, with mutual benefits to both the U.S. and Armenia.
A view of the ANCA Roundtable on Trade and Investment
Speaking on behalf of the Department of State, Justin Friedman, the director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts, voiced the U.S. government’s interest in mutually beneficial expanded bilateral economic relations with Armenia. Friedman, who is responsible for managing the full spectrum of U.S. relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, reviewed the full array of U.S. efforts with Armenia to deepen economic ties, and underscored the importance of the United States partnering to help make Armenia competitive internationally. While noting positive third-party indicators, he also addressed a number of issues the government views as meaningful obstacles to improved commercial relations, highlighting specific areas in which the U.S. would like to see critical reforms. Among these were increased transparency, improved fairness in taxation, and better enforcement of contracts.
During the discussion portion of the program, Andranik Hovhannisyan, Ph.D., the Armenian Embassy’s counselor, stressed Armenia’s interest in expanded bilateral economic ties, and noted that Armenia’s progress in the area of economic reform has been reflected in positive ratings by an array of respected institutions, such as the World Bank, Wall Street Journal, Heritage Foundation, and Freedom House. He reviewed Armenia’s economic engagement strategy, highlighting the European Union’s broad economic engagement with Armenia, and expressing support for a similarly robust trade and investment relationship with the United States.
Among those offering insights, sharing suggestions, and asking questions were former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Marshall Evans, as well as Armenian-Americans and friends of Armenia working professionally in Congress, the administration, think tanks, advocacy groups, and elsewhere throughout Washington’s public policy community. The program, characterized by open discourse and a robust back-and-forth exchange of ideas, lasted approximately two hours. In recent weeks, the ANCA, along with the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia and major corporations, including Microsoft, FedEx, and NASDAQ, have called on the U.S. government to respond favorably to the Armenian government’s longstanding interest in negotiating a sorely needed U.S.-Armenia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and a long-overdue Double Tax Treaty.
Asbarez Armenian News recently published an ANCA interview on trade and investment issues, available at http://bit.ly/VN7m8i. A fact sheet on current U.S.-Armenia aid and trade trends is available on the ANCA website at http://bit.ly/14I11hA. Photos from the event are available at on the ANCA Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/14HZhoC. Video from the ANCA trade and investment roundtable has been posted on the ANCA YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ancagrassroots.
http://www.armenianweekly.com/2013/02/11/anca-roundtable-explores-growth-of-u-s-armenia-economic-ties/

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Vanessa Kachadurian, Armenia Tourism booth wins

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The exhibitor booth of Armenia and Artsakh was named the best at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show 2013 held February 22-24. The award was handed to the Armenian National Competitiveness Foundation.
The Armenian booth attracted unprecedented interest all through the exhibition thanks to the efforts of the National Competitiveness Foundation and the Armenian Consulate General in Los Angeles.
Newsletters, films, video materials were distributed among the visitors, Armenian folk dances were presented and national dishes were served.
Taking into consideration the growing interest towards the Armenian culture and attaching importance to the expansion of cooperation, the Armenian National Competitiveness Foundation intends to organize the visit of leading American media to Armenia this year to promote the development of tourism.
http://www.armradio.am/en/2013/02/25/armenia-artsakh-win-best-new-exhibitor-booth-award-at-los-angeles-times-travel-show/

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Vanessa Kachadurian, refugees flood to Armenia

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YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 27, ARMENPRESS. The number of foreign citizens seeking refuge in Armenia increased for approximately eight times. In a conversation with “Armenpress” the Head of Migration Agency of the Ministry of Territorial Administration of the Republic of Armenia Gagik Yeganyan stated that the majority of the applications for refuge in Armenia were submitted by the Syrian citizens in 2012, but 87 of 92 foreign citizens were from Syria, and 5 of them from Iraq by January 2013. Among other things Gagik Yeganyan underscored: “Because of the political situation in Syria the number of foreign citizens seeking refuge in Armenia recorded a palpable growth in 2012 and by January 2013, and this number continues growing.”

In accordance with the data of the Migration Agency 155 of 496 Syrian citizens found refuge in Armenia. By January 2013 the applications of 54 Syrian citizens out of 87 have already been accepted. In the period of 2009-2011 the number of foreign citizens seeking refuge in Armenia did not exceed 100. A number of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, Lebanese, Georgian and many other citizens had applied to the Migration Agency for refuge.
– See more at: http://armenpress.am/eng/news/709723/number-of-foreign-citizens-seeking-refuge-in-armenia-increased.html#sthash.fe2kIBei.dpuf

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