National Assembly of Republic of Armenia (NA RA) cooperates closely with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). On October 13 2005 they signed a memorandum on mutual understanding at the "gilded hall" of the RA NA. From the American party, the memorandum was signed by Robin Phillips, the Director of the USAID Armenia Mission, from the Armenian party by Artur Baghdasarian, the Parliament Speaker. The memorandum envisaged implementation of a more than 2 mln US dollars program led to widening the RA NA international ties as well as ones with the population of Armenia. That included the NA staff's, deputies' re-training, technical assistance as well. As R.Phillips stated after the ceremony of signing, the program led to cooperation has started still in 2004 and will continue in future. Artur Baghdasarian on his turn mentioned that in the case of the constitutional reforms being adopted by the November 27 2005 referendum, this program may also have an important role in the issue of raising the role and significance of the National Assembly what is contemplated by the amendments.
- MEMORANDUM ON COOPERATION SIGNED BETWEEN RA NA AND US AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Noyan Tapan News Agency, Armenia, October 13 2005