YEREVAN.- Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, UNDP Assistant Administrator, Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, on 15 March arrives on a three-day visit to Armenia, as part of her official tour to the South Caucasus.
Last month, the National Assembly of Armenia approved the government’s five-year program, which aims to boost economic growth, diversify the economy and make sure all citizens are able to both participate in key decisions and enjoy higher living standards. Eliminating corruption is another key priority of the government.
Armenia has seen remarkable political transformation, and 5 percent economic growth in 2018. The country is facing a number of challenges, including out-migration, boosting inclusion and participation and involving the Armenian diaspora and other stakeholders in development.
The objective of Ms. Spoljaric Egger’s visit will be to review UNDP’s partnership with the Armenian government and look at key priorities, from governance reforms following the 2018 elections, to the country’s leadership to promote innovative methods and financing for sustainable development.
Together with UNDP’s Resident Representative in Armenia, Dmitry Mariyasin, she will meet with President of the National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian and other officials. She will also hold discussions with the UN country team, key international partners, members of business and civil society, and meet with women leaders.
Mirjana Spoljaric Egger assumed her duties in October 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as Ambassador and Head of UN and International Organisations Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.