On Friday, 23 November, the final closing conference of “Strengthening current and future employment and self-employment programmes through a sustainable value chain management system under the Migration Resource Centres and Local Centres of the State Employment Agency” iMigrantArmenia.EU project took place at the Armenia Wine Factory, in Sasunik village.
The conference presented the outputs and outcomes of the year-long project.
The project manager Per Lindberg presented the project and its results and he stressed the importance of the cooperation between Swedish and Armenian governments. He also announced that the ownership of the Community Development Investment System (CDIS) platform, one of the most important outcomes of the project, is being transferred to the State Employment Agency (SEA).
The project partner and head of the Labour migration unit of the SEA of RA Gagik Torosyan presented the CDIS platform and touched upon the undertakings of the SEA to manage the platform. As accorded by the project contract the CDIS will become the property of the SEA after the end of the project.
When discussing the crossing points of the migration and the diaspora in case of Armenia, Carel Hofstra, team leader of ICMPD Armenia, said: “The Armenian Diaspora involves different types of communities, and in my opinion, different approaches should be developed when dealing with this or that part of the Diaspora.”
Executive Director of Repat Armenia, Vartan Marashlyan, emphasized the important role of NGOs in attracting investments to Armenia: “We should work together, with the state support, to develop mechanisms to attract people to take an internship, study, work, or invest in Armenia.”
An important result of the project is in-kind support provided to eight business ideas from the project target regions, Shirak and Aragatsotn. The event involved an award ceremony of granting certificates to the representatives of the eight winner businesses of the iMigrantArmenia.EU project. The businesses supported touch upon the fields of tourism, agriculture, IT and aim at community development, job creation and a decrease of labour migration.
In the end, the project manager Per Lindberg expressed his hope for the approval of a new project proposal and for a possibility to maximize the involvement in the regions and to bring more change in the people’s lives. The project also demonstrated the significance of EU’s involvement in the community development in Armenia.
The project is aimed at maximizing the contribution of Armenian circular labour migrants to the development of Armenia through the repatriation of skills, experiences and financial capital from the Country of Destination to Armenia. Among the main project outcomes is a support to the establishment of eight businesses in the project target regions.
The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Arbetsförmedlingen (Swedish Public Employment Service) and an Integrated Expert from the Centre for International Migration and Development in partnership with the State Employment Agency under the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. The project is being implemented within the framework of the Mobility Partnership Agreement between Armenia and the European Union and administered by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).