30 August 2013, 23:22
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Black Sea silk road corridor project international launch

The Armenian, Georgian, Greek, and Turkish partners of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) Project celebrated the official trans-regional launch of the project at Noravank Monastery in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. BSSRC is a joint-project between NGO partners in Georgia, Greece, Turkey, and Armenia to create a 3000 kilometer-long tourist trail stretching from Thessalonica, Greece to Meghri, Armenia. The project will also fund the development of applications for iPhones, iPads, Android and Windows smart phones and tablets. The Project is funded by the EU office through its Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme, with co-financing for Armenia from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness (EDMC) project.

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea, Ambassadors of Greece, Georgia, Italy and China, and representatives from the Armenian Ministries of Culture, Economy, Transport and Communication, as well as the Holy See Etchmiadzin delivered remarks during the event. Participants watched performances from the Areni and Shatin Village dancers and musicians, took part in a bread and salt ceremony with local villagers, toured the monastery complex, and visited a local winery.

- See more at: http://www.edmc.am/press-release-black-sea-silk-road-corridor-opening-event-in-noravank-international-partners-in-armenia/#sthash.vJlndOc5.dpuf

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