The Delegation of the Nizhny Novgorod region, headed by Governor Valery Shantsev, visited Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to take part in the third Russian-Armenian interregional forum. A number of cooperation agreements were signed after the event.
"The development of trade and economic relations between Russia and Armenia is based on historically strong and multilateral industrial and scientific- technical ties, joint strategic interests and cultural connections between our peoples. In this context, I positively estimate the prospects for the development of relations between our region and Vayots Dzor region and Armenia on the whole," said Shantsev.
Representatives of Armenia share the position of the Nizhny Novgorod governor. Sales representative of the Republic of Armenia in the Russian Federation, Karen Asoyan, told Pravda.Ru:
"The Nizhny Novgorod region is one of the regions of the Russian Federation, with which Armenia is interested not only to build, but also to develop partnerships. This is an economically developed region; there are many educational institutions there that train highly qualified professionals. Within the scope of the Russian-Armenian forum that was held in early December in Armenia, a number of agreements were signed between the region of the Russian Federation and Vayots Dzor region of Armenia. Now Armenia and the Nizhny Novgorod region will cooperate in several areas: scientific, technical, trade, economic and humanitarian. This once again shows how important relations with Russian regions are for Armenia, especially with such industrially developed ones as the Nizhny Novgorod region," said Asoyan.
According to Governor Shantsev, the volumes of trade and economic cooperation between Armenia and the Nizhny Novgorod region are not too high yet.
"In foreign trade turnover of the Nizhny Novgorod region with foreign countries in 2012, Armenia took the 50th place among 140 countries. The turnover for 2012 amounted to $12 million, but it was the first time after the crisis when the turnover began to grow. The same trend can be seen this year too," said Shantsev.