ArmInfo. The possibilities of expanding the Armenian-French cooperation in the field of high technologies were discussed during the meeting of acting Minister of High Technologies of the Republic of Armenia Hayk Chobanyan and Ambassador of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacote.
As reported by the press service of the Ministry of High Technologies, pointing out the exceptional role of the high technology sector in the modern world, Chobanyan noted that Armenia occupies a fairly advanced position in the region in the field of information and engineering technologies, relying on the excellent scientific traditions of the Soviet Union and the potential of IT companies. However, according to him, given the rapid pace of modern technological development and the requirements of the modern economy, there is a need to constantly update the knowledge of qualified specialists. Chobanyan added that at present the development of high-tech industries is of strategic importance for Armenia. Taking into account the rich experience of France in this area, the acting Minister announced his intention to visit Paris in the near future to meet with French responsible structures for scientific and technical research, organizations and educational institutions.
In turn, the French Ambassador emphasized the importance of this planned trip in terms of developing new prospects for cooperation in the high-tech industry and noted that the embassy will provide organizational and advisory assistance to carry out the visit at a high level. At the same time, Chobanyan highly appreciated the launch in Armenia of the master's program "Artificial Intelligence" of the University of Toulouse III, which is being implemented at the French University in Armenia.
During the meeting, the parties also touched upon issues related to mutual consultations for the development of high-tech skills and the acquisition of new skills by the Armenian-French specialists, the implementation of joint grant programs, the creation and development of a new ecosystem of infrastructure.