The business and cultural mission from St. Petersburg to Yerevan
From April 29 to May 2, the St. Petersburg delegation headed by Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, visited Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, on an official business and cultural tour. The delegation members included representatives of St. Petersburg's authorities, heads of the higher and secondary educational institutions, and members of the Russian Northern Capital's business and cultural community.
The delegation's visit was aimed at strengthening the economic, cultural, research and education ties between the two cities, as well as at expanding contacts in healthcare and tourism. Special mention was given to the import substitution policy.
During their tour, Georgy Poltavchenko and other members of the St. Petersburg delegation, accompanied by representatives of the Yerevan mayor's office, paid a visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on the Tsitsernakaberd Hill, particularly the Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute, where they passed on copies of important historic documents, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Archive Committee. They also visited the Yerevan School No. 8, named after A.S. Pushkin, and the Mayr Hayastan (Mother Armenia) monument in the Victory Park, and met the survivors of the Siege of Leningrad living in Armenia.
Furthermore, the mission included a meeting with the mayor of Yerevan, Taron Margaryan, where the representatives of the St. Petersburg Government and the Yerevan Mayor's office signed a trade and economic, research and technological, and humanitarian collaboration programme for the years 2015 through 2020.
Held at the Armenian Government Reception House, the mission's business programme included a plenary session titled 'St. Petersburg and Yerevan Expand Their Collaboration Horizons', as well as a number of round tables: 'Trade and Economic Collaboration: Mutual Integration', 'The Prospects of St. Petersburg's Collaboration with Armenia in the Sphere of Tourism', 'Collaboration in Research and Academia', and 'Educational Collaboration'. The programme was attended by representatives of St. Petersburg's executive and legislative authorities, the city's industrial enterprises, major trade networks, leading transportation and logistics enterprises, and members of the tourism, education, research, academic, and cultural communities. In addition, there was an open discussion at the matchmaking centre, with the participants covering the mutual opportunities and potential in the most promising partnership areas.
Research and academic collaboration also became a discussion point for representatives of 10 St. Petersburg and 7 Yerevan higher education institutions, as well as the heads of the St. Petersburg Committee for Research and Academia and the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science.
Another highlight of the programme was a meeting between Georgy Poltavchenko and the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, where they discussed the issues of trade and economic, research and technical, and cultural collaboration between St. Petersburg and Armenia.
The business and cultural mission culminated on the evening of May 1, with a grand gala at the A. Paronyan State Comedy Theatre, which featured performances by the greatest art masters of St. Petersburg and Yerevan. The gala's key message was that of cultural dialogue, turning it into a manner of a duo between two countries with hundreds of years' worth of shared history, based on mutual respect and understanding.
The visit resulted in the signing of several momentous documents on collaboration across various levels.
Meet Russia provided the following services:
- organisation of the business and cultural mission from St. Petersburg to Yerevan;
- development of the cultural and business programme: plenary session and round tables;
Customer: St. Petersburg Government