Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

For the Government of the Republic of Armenia to promote the import of products and services (including cultural), the Commission for Coordination of Charity Programmes operates in Armenia, which implements the state policy in the sector of humanitarian aid and charity.
In the context of the policy for ensuring sustainable economic growth in the Republic of Armenia, the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is called to ensure the stability of the economic growth of the country, giving the economy an innovative direction and flexibility.
Each year, the Government of the Republic of Armenia discusses and adopts a programme for supporting small and medium enterprises, the development and implementation of which is based on the Law of the Republic of Armenia "On state support for small and medium enterprises". The programmes are based on fundamental principles of economic policy adopted by the Government of the Republic of Armenia and contribute to the economic development of the country, especially its remote and borderline settlements, and the overcoming of disproportions. In this regard, the SME, with its features and development opportunities, has a significant impact on the economic development of the country, in general, and in particular, on the culture sector, where 95% of products and services are provided by the SMEs of the field.
The Government of Armenia encourages the circulation of materials of cultural nature, which significantly increases the level of ensuring and disseminating cultural diversity in the country.
In 2010, Armenia acceded to the Florence Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials and the Nairobi Protocol to that Agreement, which contribute the free distribution of books, cultural, educational and scientific materials, access to customs and administrative processes related to the importation of such materials, as well as their free circulation.
The application of the Agreement in Armenia has created favourable conditions for the establishment and awareness-raising of the cultural expressions.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

In fact, the State has a financial participation in all charity programmes being implemented in Armenia, amounting to 20% and more of the value, exempting the programmes from certain types of taxes and duties. This policy creates favourable conditions also for the charity import of cultural products and services. During the reporting period, the number of cultural charity programmes increased dynamically, as a result of which the general basket of products and services of cultural diversity has been replenished.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and other institutions
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

In this field, importance is attached to carrying out constructive and coordinated work with international organisations and international organisations operating within their framework. The implementation of such a policy will provide an opportunity to attract additional funds for the cultural industry.