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PROG. INFO.- Knowledge for Development Center, World Bank Armenia Office and American University of Armenia

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PROG. INFO.- Knowledge for Development Center, World Bank-Armenia and AUA

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The World Bank Armenia Office and the American University of Armenia Jointly
Set up Knowledge for Development Center

The World Bank Yerevan Office and the American University of Armenia
(AUA) held the launching ceremony of a partner initiative - the
Knowledge for Development Center. The Memorandum of Agreement has been
signed by Mr. Aristomene Varoudakis, WB Country Manager in Armenia,
and Dr. Haroutune Armenian, President of AUA.

The Agreement outlines the basis for cooperation and joint activities
of the two institutions in knowledge dissemination, learning and
capacity building for the development arena. The WB and AUA jointly
set up the Center within the AUA Papazian Library to provide the
public with free access to information on development and to encourage
knowledge sharing and policy dialogue among the widest audiences possible.

The World Bank has partnered with the American University of Armenia
Papazian Library to bring the public up-to-date and thorough
information on World Bank-sponsored development projects in Armenia,
as well as research and analytical works on the country and global
development issues through the Knowledge for Development Center. The
Center provides hard copies of recent World Bank publications,
reports, studies, project information, videos, and documentaries and
other materials, as well as on-line access to the World Bank archive
dating back to 1947, with the ability to download and print any
publicly available document in the database.

"We are very pleased with this cooperation with the American
University of Armenia, said Aristomene Varoudakis, the WB Country
manager for Armenia. - The Center also aims to play as a hub for
facilitating dialogue, consultations, and knowledge-sharing sessions
among academia, the media, the government, the Civil Society, and as
well as the private sector in the area."

For Haroutune Armenian, President of the AUA: "This is a great
addition to what will be available to the broader public of Armenia.
In the long term history of nations, wealth of intellectual products
is more consequential and significant than material wealth. A
knowledge society is what most nations are striving for and we as a
University have an important role to play in the development of such a
society. The World Bank has developed so many similar initiatives to
help move the nations of this world in such a direction."

American University of Armenia
40 Marshal Baghramian
Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

Date: March 9,2009
Time: 11:00 am
Place: AUA Library

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