The Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs is planning to develop an institute for commissioners for Diaspora affairs in order to expand the network capabilities of Armenia’s Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs.
The bill was approved in principle by the Parliament’s Constitutional Commission on January 16. The Judiciary Ministry has prepared a bill that would change the Law on Public Service to allow for the election of judges. That hearing took place today in the National Assembly. High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan presented the draft legislation during this session.
“The goal of establishing the commissioner for Diaspora Affairs is to strengthen Armenia-Diaspora ties, improve the effectiveness of existing activities in that area, and guarantee long-term relations between Armenian communities. I also want to contribute to the preservation of the Armenian identity, repatriation, and organizing events geared at bringing Diaspora-Armenians back into Armenia” he added.
“The commissioners for Diaspora affairs are elected on a volunteer basis in the capacity of advisors, and they are not compensated,” Sananyan stated. “They will give expert advise on the Armenia-Diaspora relationship’s stated objectives and will assist with the partnership sector’s operations in cooperation with the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs.”
During the press conference, Manvel Sanyan announced that these commissioners will be chosen from Armenian communities all around the world.
The bill was passed at first reading by the Parliament.