YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Governor Vladimir Chub of the southern Russian province of Rostov–and chairman of Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences Fadey Sargsian signed on Monday an agreement to boost cooperation in the IT–atomic energy–healthcare–environmental protection–agriculture and biology sectors.
Chub–along with a Russian delegation from the province–is in Armenia for a series of official meetings with President Robert Kocharian and Prime Minister Andranik Margarian.
The governor stressed the importance of not only stepped up cooperation in these areas–but also the re-establishment of ties between the scientists of Armenia and Rostov–and pledged financial support from the region’s $1 billion annual budget to fund the joint programs.
"Armenia’s settled in Rostov region in 1879–and our friendship is strong and deep," emphasized Chub. Armenia’s account for 100,000 of the region’s population of 4,400,000.
The governor also addressed the issue of regulating the railroad system–and pointed to the leadership of Georgia and Abkhazia to handle the matter wisely.
The delegation is scheduled to be in Armenia through February 11–and will visit the depository of old man’scripts at the Matenadaran–along with the Yerevan State Medical University–and Dzidzernagapert–the monument to the victims of Armenian Genocide.