November 29, 2007

Information Seeking Behavior in the 21st Century

How do people obtain and use information? How do people participate in Internet activities? What is social networking and why is it important for obtaining information? How important is it that personal information on the Internet is private and secure for information seekers?

Tom W. Sloan addressed these and related questions regarding the 21st century information seeking behavior at CRRC-Armenia premises on November 29, 2007. Based on the findings of two recent publications titled, Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World and Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, Mr. Sloan presented and discussed surveys results from thousands of respondents from six English speaking countries (Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, USA).

PowerPoint slides of the presentation in English (ZIP file format, 1 MB) are available for download here.

The training was made possible with the support of Information Resource Center at U.S. Embassy in Yerevan.

Mr. Sloan works as an Executive Director of the SEFLIN Southeast Florida Library Information Network, Inc from 1999. He received his MA degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware in 1994, and MS degree in Library Science from the Florida State University in 1984. Mr. Sloan has an extensive experience of the professional service at American Library Association for many years.

November 26, 2007

Competition Policy: Issues, International Experience and Armenian Reality

On November 22, 2007 CRRC-Armenia hosted a lecture "Competition Policy: Issues, International Experience and Armenian Reality" conducted by David Harutyunyan. The lecture was designed for professionals interested in the development, implementation and analysis of competition policy and focused on Armenian competition policy issues in the international context.

It addressed the following points: (1) The importance of competition protection policy and its main directions; (2) Analysis of anti-competitive behavior and market competition: methodology, theoretical issues and practice; (3) Competition legislation and the implementation of competition protection policy in Armenia: issues and possible solutions; (4) Competition culture and protection of consumer rights: international experience and Armenian reality; (5) Competition protection and judicial system: the applicability of international experience in Armenia.

PowerPoint slides of the presentation in Armenian (ZIP file format, 145 KB) are available for download here.

If interested in economic competition issues, please follow the links below:

Activities of the European Union: Competition

The International Competition Network

OECD Competition: Topic

State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition of the Republic of Armenia
AEPLAC Publication: Assessment of institutional standing in the fields of competition and state aid (English / Armenian)


Mr. David Harutyunyan has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yerevan State Institute of Economy (2003). He has worked within State Committee of the Republic of Armenia for the Protection of Economic Competition, in the Ministries of Economy, Trade and Industry, in Armenian Investment Company JSC, and within PADCO’s Social Reforms Project. Currently, Dr. Harutyunyan works as a Senior Capacity-Building Expert within Armenian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre (AEPLAC).

November 8, 2007

Economic Freedom: Evaluation Methodology and its Impact on Economic Development

Methodological training entitled "Economic Freedom: Evaluation Methodology and its Impact on Economic Development" was conducted by Hovhannes Harutyunyan on October 8, 2007 at CRRC-Armenia premises.

The main objective of the training was to understand the methodologies of evaluation of Economic Freedom level, its main criterions and components, considering the case of Armenia.

PowerPoint slides of the presentation (ZIP file format, 1,32 MB) are available for download here.


If interested in Economic Freedom issues, please follow the links below for additional readings:

Index of Economic Freedom

Nations in Transit 2007: Armenia

Economic Freedom of the World: 2007 Annual Report

Mr. Hovhannes Harutyunyan works in KPMG- Armenia CJSC as a business advisor. He received his PhD degree in 2005. Since 2003 Mr. Harutyunyan is teaching Economics at Yerevan State Institute of Economics and he is the author of several publications on Economic Freedom Theories and Transitional Economy.