Armenia's Minister of Agriculture (2003-2009)
In June 2003, David Lokian was appointed by President Robert Kocharian as Minister of Agriculture, together with two other ARF members Aghvan Vardanian (Minister of Social Security) and Norayr Davidian (Minister of Health).
In December 2003, President Kocharian honored Minister David Lokian with Anania Shirakatsi medal.
During his tenure as Minister, Lokian introduced technological advancements in Armenia's farming communities. Crop yield was increased through improvements in irrigation technology and fertilizer quality. He also eased the interest rates on government issued loans and tried to repopulate the countries forests.
In May 2007, at Armenia's parliamentary elections, Lokian was elected to the Parliament on ARF party list. He retained his position as Minister of Agriculture, when ARF entered into agreement in June 2007 with the ruling coalition of the Republican Party and Prosperous Armenia Party.
In September 2007, Lokian was elected member of the ARF Supreme Council of Armenia. The new Supreme Council of Armenia comprised of the following members: Armen Rustamian, Mikael Manoukian, Gagik Gevorkian, Levon Mkrtchian, David Lokian, Aghvan Vartanian, Samvel Babayan, Hratch Tetevosian, Hayrapet Babayan, Romik Manoukian and Igor Sargsian.
In March 2008, President Kocharian met with Minister Lokian to discuss the implementation of government backed agricultural programs. Lokian reported on his activities in preventing price hikes for agricultural goods that have been affected by surging world prices. He told Kocharian that the country’s priority is to achieve grain self-sufficiency. The two men also spoke about the latest government plan to boost domestic corn production in several provinces (Tavush and Lori). They discussed also the process of agriculture subsidizing, which affected 100,000 Armenian farmers in 2008.
After the 01 March 2008 events that followed the Presidential Elections in Yerevan, newly elected President Serzh Sargsyan reappointed ARF member David Lokian as Minister of Agriculture.
Most recently, David Lokian directed a research team conducted by ARF party outlining the economic consequences of the opening of land border between Armenia and Turkey.
A conference was held in June 2009 to discuss the findings of the report. Lokian reported that there were 20 free trade zones within Turkey. These zones, Lokian explained, could pose a potential danger for Armenia as cheap goods and products produced in these zones begin to roll into Armenia.
He also described the nuances of intellectual property laws in both countries, noting that both Armenia and Turkey have weak mechanisms for protecting intellectual property rights. This would encourage the widespread exports from Turkey of products that have been produced with disregard to intellectual property principles and laws, he said, noting that the report recommends, among other things, the imperative to create effective structures within Armenia that deal with this issue.
Lokian said that Armenia must formulate its stance on the opening of the Armenia-Turkey border and develop a negotiating position by creating necessary reforms and a clear strategy to realize them in a comprehensive manner. He added that the research and report can not only hasten the Armenia-Turkey process, but can also serve as an important blueprint for reforming Armenia’s laws and infrastructure.
Date and Place of Birth: January 20, 1958, Bogdanovka City, Georgia
1974 - 1979 Kirovakan State Pedagogic Institute
1982 - 1989 Post-Graduate Fellow at Biology Institute of the Academy of Science of the Armenian SSR
1979 - 1982 Junior Researcher at Biology Department of Kirovakan State Pedagogic Institute
1986 - 1992 Kirovakan State Pedagogic Institute, Physiology Laboratory Chief, Senior Professor, and Head of Human Physiology and Medicine Department
1995 - 1999 Head of Research Center "Intellectual"
1998 - 1999 Deputy Marzpet (Governor) of Lori
1999 - 2001 Member of the National Assembly, Head of Parliamentary Faction of the Armenian Revolutionary Party (ARF)
2001 - 2003 Minister of Urban Development
2003 - 2009 Minister of Agriculture
Married and has one child