PASADENA–State Senator Jack Scott (D-Glendale/Pasadena) will be traveling to the Republic of Armenia on a nine-day fact-finding trip aimed at furthering ties between Armenia and California. The Senator will depart for the capital city of Yerevan on Friday–March 22–and return to Los Angeles on Sunday–March 31.
While in Armenia–Senator Scott will be meeting with Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian. He will also be meeting with members of the business community and trade ministries in an effort to increase economic–trade–and cultural opportunities between the two countries.
Also on the itinerary is a visit to the Holy City of Etchmiadzin and a meeting with His Holiness Karekin II–the Catholicos of All Armenia’s. Senator Scott will also be viewing the Armenian Genocide Memorial.
Senator Scott represents the 21st State Senate district that includes Burbank–Glendale and Pasadena. The district is home to the largest concentration of Armenia’s living outside of Armenia.
Last year–Senator Scott introduced SB179 aimed at establishing a Trade and Commerce office in Yerevan. Scott was also principal co-author last year of the SJR5 – the resolution that commemorated the Armenian Genocide with a day of remembrance by the state legislature.
His wife–Lacreta Scott–will accompany Senator Scott to Armenia. The trip is being paid for with private funds and is not taxpayer funded.
The official delegation–which is hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region–will conduct a number of high level meetings and participate in discussions with business and industry leaders in Armenia. The organization–which initiated the California-Armenia Memorandum of Understanding in early 2000–has been involved in cultivating stronger economic and trade ties with between the two governmen’s.
"We look forward to exploring a number of issues with Senator Scott during our official trip to Armenia," explained ANCA-WR Executive Director Alex Sardar. "As a State legislator who has championed this particular issue fervently–and as an organization that first initiated the discussions on an MOU as a means to a trade office–Sen. Scott and the ANCA-WR stand to play an integral role in the successful progression of the important relationship between Armenian and California."