For Immediate Release
June 24, 2006
NORTH-SOUTH HIGHWAY IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH: A LANDMARK PROJECT
THAT STANDS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A five-year major infrastructure project that links 150 cities
and towns in the region
NEW YORK, New York – It is almost impossible to talk about economic
development, moreover, about sustainability, if there is no reliable
infrastructure to support that development. This was the logic
behind the thinking of the initiators of All-Armenian Fund’s five-year
multimillion-dollar infrastructure project – North South Highway-
a $25 million road that extends about 100 miles connecting over
150 towns and villages throughout Nagorno-Karabakh. Today the
road is vital to improving not only general accessibility to the
region, but also making economic revitalization possible.
North South Highway in Nagorno-Karabakh
Over the last several years Armenia Fund USA has challenged its
donors and supporters to contribute to the $25 million needed
to complete the construction of the North-South Highway. Several
Telethons – major fundraising events traditionally aired by Western
region affiliate of the Fund and through the participation of
all Armenian Diaspora, have been devoted to the construction of
From Drmbon to Mardakert, from Hadrout to Tsakouri, from Kichan
to Stepanakert – the highway winds its way through the towns and
villages of an economically vulnerable and challenged region.
Since the last update on the construction works of the highway
in 2005, only 16 miles (out of the 84 miles already built/under
construction) remained to be constructed. The process involves
place-to-place explosions to build the road, cleaning- and earthworks,
asphalting, as well as installing traffic signs in accordance
to international standards.
The construction of 8.7-kilometer Stepanakert-Karmir Shuka section
of the road started in January of 2005 and is due to be completed
in October of 2006. This was the heaviest part of the remaining
construction works. Another section of the road under construction
is Drmbon-Stepanakert, a 11.6- kilometer highway that links surrounding
villages and towns to the capital of Stepanakert. A completed
section of the highway includes the 5.2-kilometer Kichan-Drmbon
Approximately 6.5 kilometers of road remains
to be constructed before the North-South Highway is complete.
Today anyone traveling to Karabakh from Armenia or elsewhere
can not help but value the new level of activity and easiness
of movement of people and goods in the region. Previously war-damaged
narrow roads that were not accessible by vehicles are now replaced
by a state-of-the-art highway that meets the international standards.
Building on its worthwhile pledge of providing long-term sustainability
and development through all of the projects sponsored for the
last fifteen years, Armenia Fund USA with its international affiliates
is currently focusing on the regional development of Nagorno-Karabakh,
with the Fund particularly focusing on the development of the
agricultural sector of Karabakh’s economy. Some new initiatives
of providing access roads as part of the rural development plan
will also contribute to the 6,5 kilometers remained for North-South
Highway to complete. Among many other efforts to support the region,
the provision of proper road infrastructure is what Karabakh’s
economy is likely to rely on for years to come. North-South Highway
is a landmark project that embodies the united efforts of all
Armenians around the globe.
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA FUND USA, founded in 1992,
was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 19 international affiliates and serves constituents in all states east of the Mississippi.
As a non-profit, non-governmental, nonsectarian organization,
the Fund represents all Armenian constituents.
Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 19 international affiliates – supporting strategic infrastructure projects in Armenia
and Karabakh, and having helped build 138 miles of roads, 100
miles of waterways, 36 schools, 3 electric transmission networks,
210 residential buildings and 15 healthcare institutions.
Armenia Fund USA’s Mission is the development of strategic
socio-economic infrastructure in Armenia and Karabakh, focusing
on major projects such as major highways, schools, drinking water
to communities and humanitarian programs in education, training
and medical facilities. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond
Bricks and Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
To learn more about Armenia Fund USA, please visit
our website at
or call us at 212-689-5307.
Armenia Fund USA
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 301
New York, NY 10038