The US ambassador to Armenia, John Heffern, is wrapping up a “listening tour” that featured meetings with Diaspora leaders in cities across the United States. Heffern’s mission was aimed primarily at encouraging the Armenian Diaspora in the United States to join in governmental efforts to strengthen Yerevan’s connections to the West.
Heffern’s tour, which was set to conclude on December 19, took him to most major US cities that have sizable Armenian-American populations, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and New York. At every stop, the ambassador promoted trade opportunities. And touting Armenia’s IT sector as a potential area of interest for US investment, the ambassador also made an appearance at the 2012 ArmTech Congress, a 'global high tech networking platform' of the Republic of Armenia. The event was held in Silicon Valley this year.
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Liana Aghajanian is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.