Archive | July, 2012

How much money is enough for reforms

31 Jul

I read today that the Armenian President believes that there is not enough money by donors to implement long lasting structural reforms. For being amongst one of the countries that receives the highest assistance per capita, i started to wonder how much is enough. A bigger question that comes to my mind is “how much is enough for political will”, some reforms dont take much money. Just a thought.

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London 2012

29 Jul

Am I the only one who thought the opening ceremony was boring. I tried to watch it a couple of times and just could not get into the theme. What am I missing here. But the players and the events is what it’s about and I am not disappointed.

birthdays

28 Jul

A 70th birthday is a huge mile stone in ones life. i was fortunate to celebrate mine with my brother and his wife who, came from India to be with me, and with many of my close friends from Armenia. I missed other family members and friends who could not be with me. Next time.

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Family visits

25 Jul

My family loves to travel and visiting Armenia is special for them as i have spent so much of my work years in Armenia. My brother and his wife were here twelve years ago and i am very inerested to hear how they see the changes that have taken place in this country since their last visit. They were impressed by the new airport.

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development in Armenia

24 Jul

This afternoon, a discussion on development and change in Armenia resulted in no

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clear picture. Armenia with tremendous potential, especially regarding its human resources, should be doing better. So what to do. Options ranged from: focus on the next generation, the elderly and the vulnurable, the farmers, structural and policy reforms, more infrastructure, etc, etc. Please contribute with your thoughts – Q is: what should be the priority for politicians, NGOs, the businesses and society at large, for Armenian to actualize its potential.

What MORE will i miss about Armenia

23 Jul

music, gorgeous scenery, mashtot market fruits (market does not exist now), old buildings down town which unfortunately are being torn down to be replaced by modern high rises.

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what i will miss about Armenia

22 Jul

neighborhoods, kids playing, grapevines, lots and lots of people walking in the summer. Just friendliness. Wonderful view of Ararat from my balcony.

photo of view of Ararat from my apartment in Yerevan

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