YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The new stage in Eurasia’s activities in the region is connected with the so-called Synergy Program–Lorents Ayvazian–Director General of Eurasia Foundation announced at a news conference on Tuesday. The prospects of future cooperation initiatives in the South Caucasus will be addressed at a region-wide conference to be hosted by the Eurasia Foundation on October 14-18 1998 in Likani–Georgia.
Currently–organizations in the South Caucasus face similar challenges and opportunities–but lack resources and opportunities to pursue joint projects. At a region-wide conference the Eurasia Foundation will announce competitions for gran’s through which the organizations present can strengthen their individual efforts through cross-border projects aimed at overcoming obstacles and achieving progress toward regional integration.
The conference will gather representatives of various organizations from Armenia–Georgia and Azerbaijan (170 project directors) who cooperated with the Foundation and received gran’s from it. Armenia will be represented at the conference by 75 grant-recipient organizations–including representatives of stock and commercial organizations–mass media–public and benevolent organizations.
The Fund will support both joint projects (up to $45,000) and a preliminary stage aimed at establishing contacts necessary for discussion of further plans (up to $2,000).