WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America circulated a memo to Congressional offices this week making the case for a U.S.-Armenia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement to expand trade, promote investment, and foster job creation in both the United States and Armenia.
The ANCA memo stressed that “a TIFA would help foster economic growth in both the United States and Armenia, strengthening ties between our two governments and further reinforcing the bonds between American and Armenian peoples.” The memo includes a chart illustrating U.S.-Armenia trade levels since 1992.
The ANCA memo can be seen in its entirely at:
Also cited in memo are the ANCA’s June 11 letter calling upon U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk, to negotiate a TIFA with Armenia, as well as the ANCA’s June 21 update to U.S. legislators about the Armenian American community’s efforts to broaden America’s economic engagement with Armenia.
The U.S. has negotiated TIFAs with more than 50 other countries and regional economic groups, including Georgia and Ukraine. These agreements provide strategic frameworks and principles for ongoing government-to-government dialogue on trade and investment issues. The prospect of putting in place such an agreement has been on the agenda of past meetings of the U.S.-Armenia Joint Economic Task Force, but no specific action has been taken to translate these discussions into reality.
Detailed information about TIFAs is available on the USTR website:
Concerned citizens can support the call for a U.S.-Armenia TIFA by sending a free ANCA WebFax to their members of Congress: http://www.capwiz.com/anca/issues/alert/?alertid=15159376