Our future is to build a strong Armenia, and for that, we must use our advantage - human resource. President Sarkissian met with the representatives of the Armenian community in Japan
Within the frame of his working visit to Japan, the President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian met with the representatives of the Armenian community of Japan.
In particular, the President of the Republic spoke about the purpose of his visit to Japan, the building of a strong country, and the role of the Diaspora, also the consequences of the war, and the lessons learned.
"One word can describe the enormous difficulties of the war: crisis. It is a crisis, as we lost thousands of young lives, and many young people have lost their health. There is also a moral-psychological crisis: it is difficult to lose a war, especially for the people, who were the winners 26 years ago," he said, "One must learn to tell the truth, no matter how bitter it is. When you tell the truth, with your next step, you must be ready to solve the problems. It will not be easy to resolve them, as it will take years."
The President noted that defeat should be a lesson for all of us, from the President of the Republic, the Government, the National Assembly to ordinary citizens. "And such lessons are many. I told you about the first one: we have to live with reality. The other conclusion is that any state eventually builds its future based on its own advantages. People are our greatest resourse. Here, we have an advantage, as we have Diasporas in Russia, in the United States, and France. There are large numbers of Armenians living all over the world. This is an immense advantage." said President Sarkissian, "We have compatriots who educate, become educated, develop, gain experience, then they can bring it all to Armenia, but we put barriers. The 21st century, after all, will not be a century of natural resources. The world's largest companies have long been technology companies, not oil companies."
President Sarkissian stressed that our future is to build a strong Armenia, and for that, we must first use our advantage: human resources. Speaking about the importance of using the potential of the Diaspora for the development of the country, President Sarkissian considered constitutional changes one of the main ways. "We must do everything so that any Armenian, no matter where he lives, had the opportunity to serve the homeland voluntarily, and there should be no barriers."
Emphasizing that strong Armenia is also technologically developed Armenia, the President said that all of us should be future-oriented. "It is not ordinary programming, but artificial intelligence, not ordinary biology, but biotechnology."
The President noted that one of the purposes of the visit to Japan was meeting with the world’s leading technology companies. "Armenia and Japan can work together, especially in the field of high technologies. I hope Japanese companies take part in the technological development of Armenia."
Speaking about the vision of having a developed country, President Sarkissian noted, "Like any state, we have only one way to succeed: building a truly strong state. In other words, we must first have the idea ofstatehood in our hearts and minds, and be state-oriented people. A strong state also means that it can achieve significant success with small resources, i.e. it is disciplined and has a vision, and knows where it is going. And as we are a small country, that vision cannot be ordinary, it must turn into a mission.
When you are small, you must be able to consolidate all your force so that the strength of your blow is powerful. A small state can do that. There are many such examples in the world."
President Sarkissian also answered the meeting participants’ questions, which referred to the internal political situation, foreign policy, and the issue of keeping young people in the homeland.
At the end of the meeting, wishing success to the participants, the President said, "I want to hope that in the future you all will start thinking about Armenia as a country where one feels safe, where you see your own future and that of your children."