On August 28, 2014, AMAP Human Development NGO hosted U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern at the Erebuni Museum. Following a tour of the museum, guided by Erebuni Museum Director Gagik Gyurjian, AMAP presented its recent activities. Accompanying Ambassador Heffern were USAID Mission Director Karen Hilliard, and other representatives from the U.S. Mission.

AMAP President Richard Ney presented a video about its Black Sea Silk Road Corridor project and AMAP’s other programs, including its latest initiative, Bridges. Discussions were held on current, in-progress, and planned activities. The potential for cross-border tourism is great, as affirmed by the tour operators who participated in the presentation and discussions.

The BSSRC project, currently extended by the EU, and partially-funded by USAID, unites Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Greece, by creating a 3,000-km long trail to enhance the touristic experience. Bridges, launched in October, 2014, is designed to spur regional, cross-border economic growth between Armenia and Turkey.