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    Irish diaspora strategist advises Armenia

    By Noreen Bowden | November 18, 2009

    Maynooth-based geography professor Rob Kitchin, the Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, has been advising Armenian authorities on how they could best engage the diaspora. Kitchin is the co-author of several significant reports on Irish diaspora strategy.

    Kitchin told a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Armenian National Competitiveness Fund that creating business networks with the diaspora will allow them to harness the economic power of the diaspora. He suggested the development of networks in technology, financial services, health and tourism.

    Ireland has 60 networks over the world with 30,000 members, experienced in dealing with a variety of national governments and in different economic sectors.  Kitchen suggested that Armenia implement a number of pilot projects, and recommended in particular that it follow the experience of such nations as Scotland and New Zealand. He added that Armenia should develop an elite network that would drive other development projects and create funds for investment.

    Related web page:

    Armenian News Network – Armenia needs to develop business networks with its diaspora: Rob Kitchin

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