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Press Release

February 16, 2018

Grant Agreement signed between JICA and The Government of the Republic of Armenia

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On the 16th of February 2018, the Chief Representative of JICA Uzbekistan Office, Mr. Katsutoshi Fushimi and the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, H.E. Mr. Armen Amiryan signed the Grant Agreement for "The Project for the Improvement of Equipment for Restoration and Conservation of Archaeological Artifacts for the Scientific-Research Center of the Historical and Cultural Heritage".

The project amounts 69. 7 Mil Japanese yen. It is envisaged to provide equipment to the Scientific-Research Center to improve the restoration and conservation of valuable archaeological artifacts.

The Grant Agreement was signed following the singing of the Exchange of Notes on the Project between The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Armenia, H.E. Mr. Eiji Taguchi and the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, H.E. Mr. Armen Amiryan.

The signing ceremony of the Project was held at the Japanese Embassy in Armenia. Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Mr. Manabu Hori, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, H.E. Mr. Armen Papikyan, Chairman of Armenia-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, Mr. Samvel Farmanyan and other representatives of the Government of Armenia also attended the ceremony.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Mr. Manabu Hori and The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Armenia, H.E. Mr. Eiji Taguchi expressed confidence that this Cultural Grant Project will contribute to the friendly relationship between two countries.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia H.E. Mr. Armen Papikyan expressed his gratitude to the Japanese government and JICA, and noted that equipment which will be provided through the project will solve the problem and give opportunities to Armenian specialists to develop their professional skills.

Within the framework of this project, JICA will provide the equipment to Scientific-Research Center of the Historical and Cultural Heritage of Armenia for proper restoration and conservation of archaeological artifacts, thereby contributing to the achievement to the balanced and sustainable development in the Republic of Armenia. Most of the state scientific-research centers and organizations have faced with the problem of insufficient and outdated equipment after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Due to the absence of appropriate equipment, most artifacts remain in storage and waiting for being cleaned and restored.

Ruzan Khojikayn
JICA Program Coordinator in Armenia

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