Marmashen, Kaps, Amasia, Horom, Panik and Arevshat villages of Shirak region are the target of the media trip organized on 25 and 26 August by ICMPD in Armenia. For many years, Shirak region has been featured as the poorest region of Armenia in its economic indicators, according to the official statistical data. In 2016, the level of poverty was the highest in the country - 45.5%. The elder of Marmashen community, Karen Arshakyan, told the journalists that the migration level is also quite high and the process of community amalgamation significantly improved the economic situation in the communities. Since last year autumn Marmashen village also bеcame an amalgamated community joined by 15 other villages. It is early to discuss the results, said the community elder, however, we can state, that due to the consolidated budget of 15 villages more tasks can be solved – covering the roads with asphalt, implementing water-supply system and street lighting, etc.. Thanks to the availability of such infrastructure, economic life in the village will become more active and the quality of the roads will make possible the export of the local agricultural products to Gyumri city market. This opinion is shared by the majority of the community elders.