ArmInfo. In 2020, within the framework of the "Armenian Virtual Bridge" project, 45 Armenian entrepreneurs will go abroad for training. On December 4, Minister of High Technology Industry Hakob Arshakyan told journalists on the sidelines of the Silicon Mountains Innovation Forum.
He stressed that these courses are expensive, the average price ranges from $ 20 thousand to $ 40 thousand. "Those entrepreneurs who will be able to combine the acquired knowledge with Armenian talent to create large enterprises with the achievement of world fame in the future will go abroad to study," he said. In addition, due to an almost 4-fold increase in the ministry's budget for 2020, in the coming year, he said, it is planned to allocate 90 grants for innovative programs, the cost of each of which does not exceed $ 10 thousand. Arshakyan emphasized that the grant conditions will be presented later. Grant support will also be given to companies that have interesting projects for developing the IT sector in the regions of Armenia. At the same time, he spoke about agreements with Qatar and Dubai on implementing joint programs for start-up entrepreneurs of Armenia. According to the minister, in 2020 it is also planned to conduct educational programs both in Yerevan and in the regions in which about 6 thousand people will be able to take part.
Speaking about the achievements of the outgoing year, the Minister emphasized that Armenia registered serious successes in the framework of participation in exhibitions in Qatar, Uzbekistan and Singapore. In this regard, he noted that preliminary agreements were reached and work is underway to make them real business projects. To recall, the agreement on the start of the project "Armenian Virtual Bridge" was signed in October 2019 during the visit of the project initiators to Silicon Valley. It should be noted that according to the data of the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia, in the first half of 2019, the revenue of the sector of information and telecommunication technologies (ICT) reached 140 billion drams (about $ 290 million), exceeding the indicator of the previous year by 3.9%.