Public-Private Dialogue

This course presents the concept of public-private dialogue (PPD) as an effective and efficient tool for policy making. It explains what PPD is, who the main players are and how it affects the Government’s policy making process.  It stresses on the difference of policies designed with and without a dialogue with the private sector. It will provide the participants with skills of debating, negotiating with high level officials and also lobbying skills. It will give them insights into the policy making process of Armenia in detail.

At the end of the course, participants will have a clear idea of the role of public and private sectors in the policy making process with individual roles of the business associations or individual businesses from the private side and the roles of each public official involved in the dialogue: Prime-Minister, Ministers, Deputy ministers, etc… 

Learning Objectives:

Besides the benefits outlined above that are specific to your background, you will gain the following:

  •  A clear understanding of the roles of public and private sectors in policy making,
  • Knowledge of the policy making process and the path of a legal draft to the final approval,
  • Knowledge of the PPD platform structure and tools.
  • An understanding of how PPD stakeholders are identified and engaged.
  • Knowledge of the principles of PPD.
  • Knowledge of how to effectively lobby for policy changes.
  • An understanding of maintaining and managing policy dialogue platforms: state or local councils, boards, committees.
  • An understanding of business associations and unions, their sector and process of establishment, as well as their specific role in PPD structures.
  • Engagement with some hot topics related to the business environment today.

Start date: September 22, 2020

End date: October 8, 2020

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.30 PM – 9.30 PM

Duration: 18 hours

Fee: 44,000 AMD 

About the Instructor: Gevorg Poghosyan has been working for public-private dialogue platforms in Armenia for more than 10 years. As a business environment reforms team member and later a team leader at the Ministry of Economy in 2009, Gevorg has participated in establishing the first PPD platforms and promoting PPD tools. Later on, as the head of the Business Support Office, he has been leading the secretariat to the most effective high level PPD platform in Armenia: the SME development council attached to the Deputy Prime-Minister of Armenia. Gevorg is also a member of the Social Council of Revenue Administration Reforms under the Head of State Revenue Service and Public Council of Revenue Policy Improvement under the Minister of Finance. He is closely working with the Business Associations and Unions who are the members of different PPD platforms, he is also engaged with the agenda making process and the follow up of them. Gevorg has a PhD in economics (state management) and a 5-year-graduate diploma for Finances and Credit.

Enrollment: To enroll in AUA Open Education courses, please go through the following steps (see below for the Armenian version):

  • Visit
  • Create an account by clicking New User Registration.
  • If you are not a new user and already have an AUA account (having previously taken the AUA e-Math Test or applied to AUA), you should log into the account that you had created at that time.
  • If you just registered as a new user, you will get an email asking to activate your account.
  • Now, for registering to take a course, go to the Open Education tab, choose Adults (16+), then New Application, and apply for the course(s) you choose.
  • After you register online, your application will be reviewed and you will receive an email acknowledging your application.
  • Closer to the course start date, you will receive another email confirming your enrollment, requesting that you make payment before the course start date. The fee can be paid online via credit card or through the EasyPay terminal (located at the entrance to AUA). Alternatively, you may pay the fee via bank transfer to the American University of Armenia Fund, account 1570001024240100, Ameria Bank CJSC, indicating your full name (as in the registration) and the course you are paying for.
  • The completed application together with the record of payment completes your enrollment.


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