ArmInfo. Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan attended the opening of the forum "Strengthening the Regions by Stimulating High Technologies" in Gyumri, Shirak region, on November 17.
As the press service of the government reports, Karen Karapetyan, welcoming the participants, noted that the name of the forum correctly reflects the purpose of the event, since in Armenia the task is set to develop the high-tech sphere as one of the engines of economic development with a great investment and export potential.
As the prime minister stressed, the development of regions and communities plays a key role in the vision of Armenia's economic development. "The combination of these two directions can provide the desired result. The technological center of Gyumri is a good example of how in the region it is possible to establish and develop a structure that stimulates the development of technical and business skills, promotes the development of innovative research in the field of high technologies, commercializes ideas and talents, turning into a successful business," said the head of government. He added that following the results of the three-month activity of the Technological Center, about 200 jobs have been created, there are 100 beneficiary companies, and the Center annually prepares over 500 specialists.
According to Karen Karapetyan, the development of high technologies is directly connected with the strategic importance of the digital agenda. As the prime minister stressed, without the implementation of the Digital Agenda, it is impossible to develop the country, its economy. "It will ensure the competitiveness of our country, will increase the level of transparency, improve the business environment." In the development of the Digital Agenda, an important role can be played by the technology centers of Armenia," the prime minister said.
The Gyumri Technology Center, Tumo centers, the foundation of the Smart Center in Lori region of Armenia, are convinced by the head of the government that they are wonderful examples that allow believing that the government can bring high technologies and innovations to far areas of the country and provide them accessibility for citizens, regardless of how far they live from the capital.
Earlier, answering the question of ArmInfo, the director of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), Bagrat Yengibaryan, reported that the total turnover of over 500 IT companies operating in Armenia exceeded the $ 600 million limit. According to Yengibaryan, for such a country as Armenia this is an unprecedented index. Only in the last 7 months the sphere recorded 30-35% growth.