By Gayane Melikyan
Photos by Armen Simonyan
04-09-2017
Ijevan declared as Youth Capital of the Republic of Armenia for 2018
On September 4, the results of the competition for Youth Capital of the Republic of Armenia for 2018 were summed up during an event held at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

Among the attendees were RA Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Arsen Karamyan, Head of the Department of Youth Policies at the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Tamara Torosyan, Director of the “Youth Events Holding Center” SNCO Davit Hayrapetyan, representatives of the Ministry and the cities having submitted applications, as well as experts.

The cities that had submitted applications were the cities of Gavar (RA Gegharkunik Province), Ijevan (RA Tavush Province) and Jermuk (RA Vayots Dzor Province). Before the launch of the SMS voting, the group of experts had visited the cities and become familiar with the problems and potential of the young people of each city.

Davit Hayrapetyan presented the results of the SMS voting and the evaluation of the experts, and the following are the results:
Jermuk: 12 points
Gavar: 26 points
Ijevan: 28 points

Based on the expert evaluation of the applications and the results of the SMS voting, the city of Ijevan of the RA Tavush Province was recognized as the Youth Capital of the Republic of Armenia for 2018.

RA Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Arsen Karamyan congratulated the representatives of Ijevan and expressed gratitude to the representatives of Gavar and Jermuk (2nd and 3rd place, respectively). According to the Deputy Minister, irrespective of the results, it is safe to say that this and similar programs help see and identify the hidden bright spots of cities. “Perpendicular connection between our cities is often missing, and so I believe the cities of Ijevan, Gavar and Jermuk can fill the gap and create wide frameworks of cooperation,” Arsen Karamyan noted.

Representative of Ijevan Narek Varshamyan expressed gratitude to the Ministry and the experts for the program and noted that the victory truly came as a surprise for the citizens of Ijevan. “Even if Gavar or Jermuk won, we would be happy because, after all, it would be the victory of the Republic of Armenia,” Narek Varshamyan noted and added that Ijevan is expecting to receive the representatives of Jermuk and Gavar. In her turn, Head of the Department of Education, Culture and Sport of the Municipality of Ijevan Lilit Ghalumyan stated that Ijevan had tried to present its whole potential and that the title is truly binding.

Grigor Dashtoyan, representative of Gavar (Gavar was declared as the deputy youth capital of the Republic of Armenia) congratulated his colleagues and noted that Gavar is always ready for a cordial reception and cooperation.

Let us remind that the Youth Capital of the Year of the Republic of Armenia Program has been held by the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs since 2013. In 2014, the city of Sisyan was elected the youth capital of the year, followed by the city of Gyumri in 2016 and the city of Charentsavan in 2017.

The following are the goals of the annual Youth Capital of the Year of the Republic of Armenia competition:
• to promote the proportional development of the provinces of the Republic of Armenia;
• to enhance faithful and partnering relations between cities, as well as at the local, republican and international levels in the youth initiatives and youth policy sectors;
• encourage the authorities of the cities of the Republic of Armenia to develop a modern and effective model for implementation of the youth policy at the local level;
• to foster the development of youth organizations and infrastructures within the provinces of the Republic of Armenia.