By Gaiane Melikian
Photos by Armen Simonyan
16-11-2017
Third Armenian-Russian Youth Forum kicks off in Aghveran
On November 16, the Third Armenian-Russian Youth Forum was launched at Aghveran Resort, which is located near Charentsavan (the 2017 Youth Capital of the Republic of Armenia).

Among the participants of the forum are 80 representatives of the youth sector of the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation, including state officials, youth sector officers of the countries’ public administration bodies, young leaders, researchers and representatives of youth organizations. The main goals of the forum are to support the strengthening of the Armenian-Russian cooperation in the youth policy sector, facilitate the discussions on youth issues in the relevant fields of the policy and promote intersectoral cooperation in line with the needs of young people.

The following are the headings of the forum: New Opportunities of the Eurasian Economic Union; Youth Mobility and Interplay; State Youth Policy: Social Guarantees for Youth and Young Families; Innovations, Initiatives and Commercialization of Young People; Programmatic Activities; International and Interregional Relations and Regional Security: Views of Youth; Youth Employment; Youth Entrepreneurship; Youth Information Field: Electronic Media and Blogosphere.

The opening ceremony featured speeches by RA Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Hrachya Rostomyan, Deputy Minister Arsen Karamyan and Director of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Bugaev.

RA Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Hrachya Rostomyan expressed his greetings to the participants of the Third Armenian-Russian Youth Forum and stated that this serves as a major platform to discuss the current issues, solve various problems and seek paths. “This is the third time that state officials, youth sector officers of national and public administration bodies, young leaders, representatives of youth organizations and researchers of both

countries are gathering in Armenia to discuss the current issues concerning young people in Armenia and Russia and to offer paths for solutions to those issues. The topics of the forum are diverse and important. I hope the results of this large youth forum become a major step on the path of solving our countries’ youth issues and resisting the challenges together. The forum may also become a platform for state youth policies and youth work and for young people to share their interesting ideas. Dear young people, the quality and effectiveness of the future cooperation of our countries and the future of our relations highly depends on you,” the Minister stated and wished the participants success during the forum.

In his turn, Director of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Bugaev stated that Russia and Armenia have fraternal ties.

“I am very glad that this is already the third youth forum since it is becoming a new benchmark for future relations. Russia will do everything possible on its part to make sure more similar meetings are held. This helps us form the vision for the future of youth. It also helps the young people of our countries interact, discuss common issues and, of course, form a vision for the future. Unquestionably, our future depends on the youth,” Alexander Bugaev stated and added that youth today have great potential to grow and help things develop.

RA Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Arsen Karamyan told journalists that the two countries have great potential for cooperation, particularly in the business sector.

“This forum provides another opportunity to specify mutual interests and the reciprocal opportunities that we can have. During the preparation stage, we took all measures to make sure both the Armenian and Russian parties had more interesting, more prepared and more prospective young people through whom we will be able to make the relations and the initiated processes more effective and longstanding. During the first two forums, we were specifying the baselines for opportunities during the first two forums. It is safe to say that the third forum can be more effective and productive,” Arsen Karamyan stated.

In an interview with Eritasard.am, founder of the Diaspora Armenian Student Council and President of the Council’s Board of Trustees Samvel Mkoyan stated that the forum is important for both Armenian and Russian young people since the platform provides the opportunity to work together and develop and implement projects.

“The topics of the forum are diverse and are within the scope of interests and concerns of Russian and Armenian young people. The participants were selected based on their experience in the particular fields. They prepared very seriously, and I think the discussion will be very interesting and effective. The Russian party is also well prepared and ready to hold discussions,” Samvel Mkoyan stated and added that the members of the Armenian delegation have great potential and are fully ready to hold discussions with the Russian party.

Let us mention that the Russian participants arrived in Armenia on November 15 and paid a cognitive visit to Charentsavan, which is the 2017 Youth Capital of the Republic of Armenia. Eritasard.am’s correspondent also talked to President of the Youth and Student NGO of Charentsavan and Director of the Youth Capital of the Year Program Garnik Beglaryan.

According to him, yesterday the participants of the forum learned about the history of Charentsavan and were shown the statue of the Boy with Curly Hair, which symbolizes the city of Charentsavan. They also saw the plaque built in memory of the pilots of the Republic of Armenia killed between 1988 and 2016 and laid a wreath near the plaque.

“During the cognitive visit, the participants also had meetings with the staff of the Municipality of Charentsavan and the Deputy Mayor. We also held a beautiful concert that helped present Armenian culture to our Russian colleagues. Our guests were very impressed. There are five members of the Youth and Student NGO of Charentsavan participating in the forum. We have been interacting with our Russian colleagues for the past three days, and I think the discussions will be fruitful and will serve as a new benchmark for future collaborations,” Garnik Beglaryan stated.

During the opening ceremony, RA Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Hrachya Rostomyan awarded the student athletes who had kept the honor of Armenia high at the 29th Summer Universiade this year. Armenia was participating in the Universiade with 16 athletes who competed in 7 sports. Based on the results, the Armenian delegation managed to score 6 medals (3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals) and was in 26th place among 144 countries.

Let us mention that the forum will end on November 18.

Gallery: The Third Armenian-Russian Youth Forum