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Americans for Artsakh Launches Executive Training in Stepanakert with Support of AGBU

August 26, 2008
Contact: Sarah Ludwig

Americans for Artsakh (AFA) recently completed its first of a series of training courses for government employees in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). The AGBU-funded course, which was held at the NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was titled "Business English for NKR Diplomats" and took place from July 20-30, 2008. Sarah Ludwig, AFA Executive Director and also a language specialist at the International Center for Language Studies in Washington, DC, conducted the course.

"I commend the AGBU for appreciating the paramount importance of education and continued professional training. Artsakh remains excluded from any such international projects, so, on behalf of my government, I thank the AGBU for stepping up and sponsoring this pioneer training course," said Vardan Barseghian, NKR Representative to the United States, who worked with both organizations on this project.

In completing the course, participating members of the Ministry gained valuable skills in various aspects of working with foreign counterparts, including giving presentations, conducting meetings, and social interaction.

Irina Beglaryan, Head of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry, commented, "The course will be very useful for our future dealings with foreigners. It will improve our ability to interact with the international community on many different levels. We hope that AFA will offer similar courses in other areas, as well."

AFA plans on conducting training courses for NKR government employees to include disciplines such as international public law, diplomacy, public administration, economics, and management. In addition, it also envisages developing a wide range of educational programs at the school and university levels in order to provide students with knowledge of global, rapidly developing subjects to which they would not otherwise have access.

These types of programs will prove to be a crucial part of Nagorno-Karabakh's path towards greater development.

Americans for Artsakh is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to preserve freedom, strengthen democracy, foster economic development, protect the cultural identity and promote the heritage of the people of Artsakh.

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