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Pre-Conference Ideas on Armenia-Diaspora Conference By Guytzag Palanjian May 14, 2002 Following my Pleas dated 1/11/02 , 1/13/02 and 4/3/02 addressed to the "Planning Commission "of the 2nd A/D/Conf. I present herebelow in brief format context of my "paper" that I wish to read and explain in Armenian to participants:- R.of Armenia Govt.or (mfa) vs. - Diaspora's what Entity? 15 to 20 Ministries of ROA to Cooperate with Diaspora countries' what Entities? The Diasporas have been organized around our Religeous and political parties and their offshoots. And indeed Benevolent, Cultural, Compatriotic and other such.We thank them for services rendered to the communities and hope they continue. However these are structures, independent of ea other ,centrifugal and not representative of majority of the working people . They have heads,but not a Head. With the advent of this Third R.of Armenia on the scene and her determination and desire to join forces with its Diaspora and vice versa, it becomes adequate that the Diaspora re-organize around yet another mechanism, other than the Church and political parties that will fill the vaccum necessary to cooperate with the 15 to 20 Ministries of the ROA Govt. in a mode that will reflect coherence as between each Ministry's field of operation with that of the Diaspora's. THUS:_ After welcoming address by the authorities and their indications,which will hopefully seperate actual work in workshops as will be seen below from Panel presentations/discussions and/or Q.And A.by presenters of "papers" , (Zegouytzabers) regarding general issues, a period,preferrably to be left for after organizational work and Projects approved and decided upon by the following:-. A N D In order that within these two day's short period not a minute should be wasted,we first of all seperate and form into groups ea representing the analogue of the Ministry or quassi so."The Construction field Colleagues" ," Banking & Finance","Travel& Transport","Health/Medical","Engineers&Sciences","The Bar", "Furnishing(incl.Jewellers) & Furniture","Food&Catering", "Telecommmunications"," Media", "Education & Cultural", "Industries& Mines"," Agricultural","Environmental& Forestry" and perhaps one or two more. A TWO HOURS Session to:- Proceed to pertinent workshops (or if under one roof in seperated areas). Upon introductions with Haireni counterparts in said workshops ,it is reccomendable that all pressing issues/necessities be presented in very brief manner to Group's participants,discussed and left to rest,untill after Second Two Hours Sesssion dedicated for electing Board of ea/said Grouping. Plus, as novelty a Three person Representative Delegates of the Group to the Inter-Proffessional (and future Central Council of ea Diaspora Country*) a) oneelected for his/her most advanced position in the proffession,one for most financially advanced and one in Armenian networking capacity.Presidency of this body would rotate annually one seerving as President the other two as v.presidents. L U N C H B R E A K AFTERNOON FIRST TWO HOUR SESSION Review of Projects presented and approval or disapproval of each,in as short a time as possible, (after feasibility is well examined and affordable), e.g. if it is the "Construction" field Group examining the bldg. of a plant in a rural area, or say "Environmental & Forestry) examining means of stopping decrease of water level in lake Sevan, or Banking & Finance commencing the most important one,i.e. Creation of the Nucleus of a "National investment Trust" at this Session. I propose that they (the Banking& Finance )sector sector draw up scheme to be sent by messenger to all Groups to make their official initial pledges towards opening a "Nat'l Investment Trust" Fund at Central Bank through a CD, bearing interest of 12% in name of each "Proffessional Colleagues Association"PCA". First Day, AFTERNOON, Session II. All Proffessional Colleagues having been formed and with Board and 3-person Inter-Proffessional Delegates,as well as mechanism of "National Investment Trust" Fund,prepared by "Banking & Finance" Group, a drive for participating in investment of "shares" should commence at this second Session in All Groups of proffessions. For I believe, the only obvious and feasible means for getting started in realization of any and all projects the securing of Finances is the utmost and main issue. Please be informed that this , "Trust Fund" will in no way cross with All Armenia Fund,since this is an Investment Fund,for both ROA/Artsakh and the Diasporas. As previously I wrote ,we the participants are commencing a small,if you will pivotal "nucleus" only of the Investment Fund, which ,in order that it carry weight, we should at next Day's last Session(General Assembly) unanimously approve approaching our major Financiers,say the Manoogians, Kirk Kirkorian, The Hovnanians, V. Manoukian,Eurnekian and one or two more such, for the main Working Capital of a "National Investment Trust" fund with headquarters in Geneva,CH ,in ...hundreds of millions of dollars hopefully, in order that all non-participating huge collectivities of the rest of the "Proffesional Colleagues Associatons' all over the Diaspora would participate and INVEST. Proceeding further, All investors,would authorize the Central Bank of ROA to Loan from the capital of this Trust Fund to small trades,workshops(since this is the pivotal fund) at low ,say 6%p.a. payable in 3or 5 years(against mortgages) if not paid back ,shares of that Trade, plant etc., to be taken over by Bank,for investors. A 5% p.a. return to be secured by Central Bank for the investors and added to initial capital. And 1% for the Bank itself. This can be later worked out on other scales ,when the Main "National Investment Trust' Fund is organized in Geneva, by theBanking & Finance Group experts (to which new members will adhere to) and the major shareholder- Financiers. The " National Trust Fund", is for All Armenians,whether in ROA/Artsakh and/or Diaspora countries. Thence, All funds and or pledges will be listed signed by Boards of ea Group and monies thus collected sent to Central Bank to be deposited in respective proffessional Group's Accounts(to be opened by the signatures of the 3-person Delegates of each Group), the Following morning, i.e. the Second Day of Conf. In the interim, while the "Proffessional Colleagues Assocations " Sessions are in course, All political Party representatives, likewise should convene their Sessions, in a Convergence/Tolerance and in "Esprit de Corpse" round table mood, preferrably at a Hotel main Hall,rather than headquarters of any host political party. Likewise the Spiritual leaders participating should convene their own at St.Etchmiatzin,dealing with matters related to their field. SECOND DAY - FIRST SESSION (General Assembly) Upon presenting the reports from each "Proffessional Colleagues "fields briefs by their spokesperson and or President ,regarding decisions made for different projects, again as an example, the "Education & Cultural" would report on hopefully amalgamation of such similar associatons in diaspora countries (as the Sportive not long ago did ,in Yerevan),decide to mutually agree on one form of the Armenian language "oughagrutiun" and publishing of school books in that format,etc., etc. SECOND, LAST SESSION. Convenes the Gen.Assembly which will decide to unanimously approve or leave to be approved later, any Project,not found appropriate. Here,please note that,only the presidnet of the 3-person delegates of each Group should have intervening right as rep.of same not any or all members. FUNDING OF THE VARIOUS PROJECTS "The "Banking & Finance " Group experts may decide to amalgamate the "Trust Fund" at Central Bank, from all Proffessional Groupings(since one may run short than other) in order that all,according to urgency of issue, will receive adequate funding. IMMEDIATE RESULTS. A) Projects approved/Funds procured. Finally, B) Another Objective attained will be the above mode of actually attracting our mainstream huge collectivities,by support of the Haireni participants and ROA authorities, the non-politico ,but Proffessional Colleagues hitherto left to drift away, will enter into the nationalaffairs arena and will have taken root right here. And hopefully, upon return to their respective Diaspora countries, these will strive to re-group in much more important collectivities,muster clout, and nominate 3-person (like above) delegates to CENTRAL COUNCIL of ea country , (thus at long last, we will have attained same and then opt for the Supreme Council of Diasporas, with 4 dept.of which we have only one , namely, the Spiritual. We shall then strive to have the Legal/political/historians, in Paris, the Economic(above Nat'l Investment Trust) in Geneva, the Executive in N.Y alongside the ROA U.N. Delegate. In the diasporas these Colleagues Association delegates will meet and sit togetherwith the political party rep.s and one ea from our three denominations Religious Leaders. a 'New Concept of Participation & Representation from all will have commenced to the benefit of all. To add, that if I am given at least 15 minutes time, preferrably early the First Day of Conf. shall expand and throw light on above in Armenian. E.& O. excepted Hamahaigaganisirov, Guytzag Palandjian -- Mr. Palandjian is a delegate to the second A-D Conference, and a long time community activist in Europe and the US.