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Presentation of the expert group of the Youth Capital 2020 competition at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the RA, discussion of the results aroused great interest for the representatives of the local self-governing bodies of the applicant cities and the local youth. Interestingly, representatives of all Armavir, Kapan, Goris, Gavar and Hrazdan cities participated in the final session of the Competition Organizing Committee, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Armenia Gevorg Loretsyan. Each applicant city representative hoped that his or her favorite city would be awarded the title of Youth Capital of the Republic of Armenia in 2020.
Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Armenia Gevorg Loretsyan mentioned at the opening of the session that the expert group's studies will be the basis for determining the winner, as the competition rules clearly define how the youth capital of Armenia is determined. “Of course, besides the research of the expert group, the citizens were also able to participate in the decision of the winner through SMS voting. Citizen participation is a really important component. "
Prior to referring to their own studies, the experts noted that they would soon submit to the Ministry a complete set of proposals on the organization of the competition, the final count and the shortcomings identified by them in particular in organizing visits to the applicant cities and filling in the applications correctly. Of course, besides the recommendations, according to experts, it was quite difficult for them to decide whether the city had the best infrastructure in the end or whether this or that city needed to be recognized as Armenia's youth capital.
Opening the envelopes summarizing the results of the expert group studies and presenting the assessments to the members of the Competition Organizing Committee, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Gevorg Loretsyan noted that the experts were generally strict in their assessments, although there were some exceptions. "As we have seen, there are almost even results in the expert assessments, this competition was really competitive."
After concluding the studies of the expert group, the Competition Organizing Committee referred to the citizens' SMS voting. Unlike last year, the cost of one SMS was seriously revised (the cost of 1 SMS was now 50 AMD).
Combining the studies of the expert group and the results of the citizens' voting, it became known the Youth Capital of Armenia in 2020, with a symbolic key to be delivered days later at the end of the year. Which of the candidate cities will assume the role of next year's youth capital will be announced hours later.
The Competition Organizing Committee and the Expert Group decided together that the results of the SMS voting and the Expert Group studies of the Youth Capital 2020 competition will be presented on December 2. The Ministry will organize a press conference on the results of the Youth Capital 2020 competition on that day.