Armenia: Achieving sustainable growth –
a transformation challenge


The two day conference organized by AIPRG covered wide range of topics and was webcasted to Yerevan via WB facilities. The conference participants recognized the existing gap in professional and academic policy dialogue in Armenia and Diaspora, the importance of keeping alive public policy debate and, encouraged further strengthening of AIPRG’s role in this process. Participants agreed on the timeframe for AIPRG next conference (January 2014), which would serve the purpose of building a culture of professional and academic policy debate between professionals, scholars representing Armenia, Diaspora and IFIs. The key topics for the next conference could include political economy of growth in Armenia, implications of pension reform for fiscal and capital market development, Diaspora and transmission of knowledge and innovation, etc. Ideas for topics are welcomed from all interested parties.  more...



Armenia: Achieving sustainable growth –
a transformation challenge

AIPRG Annual Conference
June 1-2, 2013, at the World Bank, Washington, DC, USA


New call for papers

The Armenian International Policy Research Group (AIPRG) is calling for papers for its 8th Annual Conference on the economy of Armenia, to be held on June 1-2, 2013, at the World Bank, Washington, DC.

The main theme of the conference is: “Armenia: Achieving sustainable growth – a transformation challenge”.

After a deep contraction in 2009, the economy of Armenia is returning to broad-based growth. Public finances are gradually improving, international reserves have recovered, credit to the private sector is rising, and banks’ profitability and asset quality are recovering. However, Armenia’s economic growth continues to remain vulnerable to growth prospects of the main trading partners (including Russia, Europe) and the impact of the main commodity prices. While tax and customs reforms are implemented, revenue collection continues to be strenuous task. The balance of payment pressures remain, given continued large current account deficit. While banking sector is well-capitalized and sound, it remains exposed to a number of risks arising from potential vulnerabilities in real and external sectors. Enhancing the concept of inclusiveness of the growth continues to remain challenging: these includes, but not limited to improvement of business and competitive environment, management of public financial resources and creation of equal opportunity for all members of the society. Armenia is capable to overcome these challenges; however the urgency for rigorous structural reforms becomes even more important.

Given this background, the papers may broadly address the following topics:

1. Enhancing growth opportunities in Armenia, and the impact of government policies.

2. Public finance, including tax policies and fiscal sustainability.

3. Making growth inclusive: job creation, enhancing competitiveness, human development (education health) and social protection.

4. Fostering financial markets, exploring new saving opportunities.

5. Other proposals that broadly touch upon the main theme of the conference.

The best papers will be selected for presentation at the conference either in person or via videoconferencing facility at the Washington DC. Most well received and academically strong papers will be considered for publication in the Armenian Journal of Public Policy (AJPP).

Interested authors should email their abstracts to by March 22, 2013. The Selection Committee will notify authors of accepted abstracts by April 2, 2013. Final paper submission deadline is May 1, 2013.

Depending on the quality of abstract and the interest of the topic, the author might be allowed to submit to the conference the presentation only, with the commitment to submit the final paper, if selected for publication in AJPP.

Members of the selection committee include:

David Joulfaian, Middlebury College
Representative of the IMF
Ms. Rashmi Shankar, World Bank
Bryan Roberts, Econometrica Inc. (George Washington University)
Nerses Yeritsyan, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Armenia
Heghine Manasyan, Caucasus Research Resource Centers Armenia Director





Armenia's Economic Policy: The Road Ahead

AIPRG - IMF Workshop

When - July 26, 2010, 10am-12:30pm
Where - Best Western Congress Hatel, Ball Room


Distinguished panelists include:

Nerses Yeritsyan, Minister of Economy
Tigran Davtyan, Minister of Finance
Guillermo Tolosa, IMF Resident Representative in Armenia
Hovik Musayelyan, Executive Director of Synopsys Armenia.




Pension Reform in Armenia

AIPRG Lecture Series

When - March 19, 2010, 11:30am
Where - Economics University, Grand Auditorium

AIPRG is pleased to announce a special lecture by VARDAN ARAMYAN, Deputy Minister of Finance on Pension Reform in Armenia.

Lecture Presentation



Impact of the Global Crisis on Armenia: Short- and Long-run Perspectives

AIPRG Annual Conference
July 7-8, 2009, Yerevan, Armenia

Conference Home Page

Conference Presentations and Papers



Welcome to the Armenian International Policy Research Group's Official Web Site.

AIPRG is a non-partisan, non-political and non-profit public organization that promotes research in Armenia and among the Armenian Diaspora worldwide on issues pertaining to Armenia’s economic development and growth with the aim of consolidating existing expertise among researchers and practitioners of political science, law, and government affairs. The group also aspires to advance capacity building by providing opportunities for young professionals to develop their skills through research and interactions with experts in their respective fields.

In addition to conducting research, AIPRG organizes conferences and seminars designed to promote discussions and initiate policy dialogue regarding important Armenian and Diaspora-related issues. By way of research and conferences, the Group collaborates with Development Agencies, International Financial Institutions, the donor community, individual researchers, and policy practitioners in order to achieve these goals and a greater understanding of the development issues related to Armenia and the Diaspora.


The structure of AIPRG reflects the positions, interests, and individual constraints of each member. The Group is managed by Advisory and Executive Boards. The Advisory Board consists of renowned academics and policy practitioners who are willing to provide expertise and guidance with respect to the Group's overall direction and research agenda. The Executive Board, on the other hand, oversees AIPRG's day-to-day activities. It consists of active researchers and policy practitioners who coordinate the activities of the Group in his/her own area.


Individual AIPRG members/fellows are accomplished professionals in the above mentioned fields who recognize the need to consolidate best-practice policy advice and research for the benefit of Armenia and the Diaspora. Although the Group primarily focuses on attracting members who specialize in economics, political science, law and international development, individuals with expertise in other fields relevant to public policy are encouraged to join.

Sources of Financing:

The Group will seek out independent sources of financing to cover the expenses related to research activities and the organization of conferences and seminars. Because AIPRG intends to have a pan-Armenian focus, any funding aimed at advancing the political agenda of any side involved (i.e., a political party or partisan association) will be rejected.


AIPRG intends to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with state agencies and other Armenian/Diaspora organizations who are interested in cooperation on the above mentioned issues regardless of their political views or affiliations.

AIPRG Annual Report 2009


Konstantin Atanesyan

World Bank Engagement at the State Level: The Cases of Brazil, India, Nigeria, and Russia.

World Bank in Georgia: 1993-2007.

Arman Grigorian | Armenian Reporter | 30/06/2010

Genocide recognition, but at what cost?

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to AIPRG.



Impact of the Global Crisis on Armenia: Short- and Long-run Perspectives

This international conference aimed to explore the impact of the global economic crisis on Armenia, develop scenarios for coping with consequences of the crisis, and provide policy recommendations to mitigate the impact of the crisis.

The proceedings took place at the Marriott Hotel Armenia on Tuesday, July 7th, and Wednesday, July 8th, 2009.

The conference intended to foster a dynamic exchange of ideas aimed at influencing public policy in Armenia. Presentations of cross-country experiences of emerging economies provided comparative venues for discussion regarding policies which would propel the Armenian economy into a higher growth trajectory. Panels explored how the global crisis could provide an opportunity for economic renewal in Armenia at this critical juncture.

AIPRG convened a wide range of panelists, including policy-makers, distinguished scholars and researchers, and representatives of academia, international organizations, and civil society.

Keynote addresses were delivered by Tigran Sargsyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, and Asad Alam, Regional Director for the South Caucasus, World Bank.



Black Sea Security Program Regional Workshop

Black Sea Security Program Regional Workshop
October 27-28, 2008, Yerevan, Armenia  

The Armenian International Policy Research Group (AIPRG) and the Harvard Black Sea Security Program in cooperation with Institute for National Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia organized the seventh Harvard Black Sea Security Program Regional Workshop on October 27-28th, 2008.

The primary topic of discussion were Black Sea security concerns, common approaches to Black Sea, Caspian Sea Security, NATO and EU approaches to the region. The event was a follow-up to the annual Harvard Black Sea Security Program, which took place in April, 2008 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as in many ways a continuation of the AIPRG January 2008 conference on the Wider Black Sea Security.

The primary missions of the workshop were: 1) to provide a forum for regional experts to discuss critical security issues pertaining to the Black Sea region, 2) to strengthen and expand the regional network initiated by the Black Sea Security Program's annual April conference, and 3) to involve American general officers and policy makers in dialogue about security in the Black Sea region 4) to explore the ways of cooperation with NATO.

The workshop was sponsored by the US Embassy in Armenia, Ministry of Defence of Armenia, the NATO, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (USAID).


Attached Files: Conference Poster Conference Program



Looking Forward: Global Competitiveness of the Armenian Economy

AIPRG Annual Conference
May 17-18, 2008, Washington, DC  

The Armenian International Policy Research Group (AIPRG) held its Annual Conference on the economy of Armenia on May 17-18, 2008, at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC (with direct broadcasting in World Bank Yerevan Office).

After more than a decade of transition from planned to market-based economy, Armenia undertook important reforms and experienced high rates of economic growth in recent years. In order to sustain this growth and ensure further economic development, the country will need to design and implement second-generation reforms based on lessons learned during this transition  and aimed at: (i) solidifying  the achievements of the transition period; (ii) ensuring a fair and level playing field for private sector development; (iii) choosing strategic directions for the country’s export-oriented branches of the economy; and (iv) laying foundations for future development by strengthening institutions and modernizing social sectors, especially public education.

The conference was sponsored by Eurasia Partnership Foundation, the World Bank and United Nations Development Program (UNDP).



The Armenian Journal of Public Policy (AJPP) is the main vehicle for disseminating AIPRG's Armenia-related research and policy recommendations. It contains research papers which have undergone peer reviews and are otherwise on the frontier of economic development and public policy research.