ArmInfo. Today, Armenia has all the prerequisites to become a country of high-tech industry - from education to research and development, from the development and production of high technologies to international sales and applications in various fields of economy and everyday life. This opinion was expressed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Avinyan on December 11 at the sidelines of the seminar "Realization of the technological potential of Armenia", organized by the World Bank.
The event was attended by the WB Regional Director for the South Caucasus Sebastian Molineus and the head of the Armenian office of Bank SilviBosutkho.
According to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Tigran Avinyan made a speech in which, in particular, he noted that in the 21st century the economic progress of countries will be largely predetermined by the level of technological development. In this regard, as the Deputy Prime Minister noted, the World Bank report on the potential of Armenia's high technology sector and the republic's potential in the world market is an important document that should be studied in detail by relevant government departments, businessmen, universities, experts.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, in recent years, in the ICT sector, the average annual growth was 26 - 27%, which makes it one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. To further stimulate this growth, Avinyan pointed out, the government decided to recognize the high-tech sector as a priority, created the Ministry of High-Tech Industry, which, guided by the government's vision, is developing vigorous activity.
At the same time, according to him, on the way to gaining a solid place in the global value chain and making a technological leap, numerous actions are being taken - from creating a favorable tax field to increasing the volume of public-private partnership programs, developing infrastructures, research and educational spheres.
Tigran Avinyan noted that a number of programs promoting the development of a high-tech ecosystem in Armenia are being implemented jointly with partners and international financial institutions, and among them successful examples are the "Trade Development and Quality of Infrastructures" program, implemented jointly with the World Bank, the purpose of which is to strengthen the government's capabilities on the issue of stimulating exports, attracting local and foreign investment. As part of this program, an "Engineering City" is being created in Yerevan, and programs are expected to re-equip the National Venture Fund, Supercomputer Center, Cybersecurity Center, Gyumri Polytechnic Institute. The Deputy Prime Minister expressed his conviction that by joint efforts, creating effective partnerships also with international partners, the scientific community and business, the government will be able to turn Armenia into a leading technology hub.