Friday, December 23 2016 13:11
Naira Badalian

Karen Karapetyan: ICT sector can become a locomotive capable of changing Armenian economy, culture and atmosphere itself

Karen Karapetyan: ICT sector can become a locomotive capable of  changing Armenian economy, culture and atmosphere itself

ArmInfo. The ICT sector can  become a locomotive for the country's progress, Armenian Prime  Minister Karen Karapetyan said at a meeting with ICT representatives  in Yerevan on December 23.    

The press office of the Armenian Government has told ArmInfo that the  ICT representatives informed the Prime Minister of the details of the  course of elaboration of long-term and short-term development  projects.  A joint working group that includes representatives of the  structures concerned and the ICT sector is holding discussions.   

Karapetyan pointed out the importance of public-private cooperation  to ensure progress in ICT. "I pin great hopes on you. You can become  a locomotive capable of changing the Armenian economy, culture and  atmosphere itself," the Prime Minister said, expressing willingness  to contribute to implementation of all constructive initiatives.   

In mid-January 2017 the Prime Minister will be informed of the  results of the working group's activities. A package of specific  programs with specific events will also be presented to Karapetyan.   

To recall, on November 3 Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan  held a consultative meeting on the prospects of development of  information and telecommunication technologies. "I need a program to  turn the world upside-down.  What changes should we make so that your  industry, your business and the market could develop in addition to  specific programs? What is preventing you? I need to realize your  policies in terms of both specialist training and increased  productivity in the GDP." Karen Karapetyan said that the Government  is going to establish an investment fund, which will provide a  mechanism to assist businesses, including the field of information  and telecommunication technologies.  The Prime Minister instructed  the Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies  to work with IT sphere representatives in order to generate clear  synergies and develop targeted measures to offer specific proposals  with practical results.

According to the data of 2015 there are 500 companies operating in IT  field in Armenia. The field ensures 20-25% y-o- y growth annually.  The share of IT field in GDP totals 3.8%. According to the  development strategy of the field it is planned to increase IT field  turnover to $1 bln by 2018. 


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