A modern model of technology transfer, charging stations for electric cars, and bionic prostheses are what Armenia showcased at the Digital Almaty 2023 forum, attended by the Prime Minister of RA, Nikol Pashinyan.
The annual Forum «Digital Almaty 2023: Digital partnership in the new reality» ended in Kazakhstan, which the Prime Ministers of EAEU countries attended.
On February 2nd, the delegation headed by the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan left for Kazakhstan to take part in the Forum.
Hayk Margaryan, the CEO of our Center, also took part in the Forum.
In his speech, Nikol Pashinyan mentioned that the development of the digital economy was and will be one of the most critical priorities for the Republic of Armenia. He added that in 2022, the turnover in the IT sector increased by more than 50%, and the share of the Communication and Information Technology sector in the GDP of Armenia is steadily growing.
«We, from our side, provide state sector support to the IT business. Over the past year, more than 1,000 startups have received substantial tax breaks. In addition, the issue of forming a single digital space in the Eurasian integration area remains essential for us. In that regard, I would like to note the modernity and high demand of the toolkit of the interstate information exchange system, as well as the creation and development of digital projects with an integration effect», - said Nikol Pashinyan.
Our Center's CEO, Hayk Margarian, introduced the attendees of the Forum to the new model of the National Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, planned for the creation of the Technology Transfer Office in Armenia. In his speech during the panel discussion on «State promotion of innovation development in EAEU countries», he emphasized that «no serious development should be expected without the introduction of a knowledge-based economy».
In this framework, creating a link between knowledge and business is crucial, and it is one of the primary issues for our Center. Hayk Margarian also presented several state programs aimed at supporting medium and small companies, mentioning that Armenia is among the top ten countries in terms of ease of registering new businesses.
Moreover, he said that to increase labor productivity in enterprises, the Government of Armenia launched a cost-covering program for the salaries of highly qualified specialists from abroad, which our Center successfully implements. Since the program's launch, 14 applications for 248 professionals have already been submitted. Hayk Margarian also presented state support programs for young scientists, the project of creating an engineering city, and various innovative developments that have already been commercialized and presented abroad.
The CEO of our Center invited the organizers of the Forum and all attendees to participate in the «National Week of Innovation and Entrepreneurship» on April 17, 2023. NCIE is hosting this event for the first time, and it is unprecedented in terms of its scope, format, and the number of invited specialists from across the world.
More than 100 sample developments of the IT sector were presented at various exhibitions organized within the framework of the Forum. The latest developments in robotics, AR / VR, drones, and exoskeletons were demonstrated in the Innovation Center zone. The Armenia exhibition included Ultra-sensitive seismic transmitters, chargers for electric cars, etc.
«Digital Almaty» is the largest event in the field of innovative technologies on the territory of the CIS, attended by business representatives, international experts, IT associations, state institutions, and media.
The latter aims to ensure dialogue at the global and regional levels and the exchange of experience in digital transformations.
The latter aims to ensure dialogue at the global and regional levels and the exchange of experience in digital transformations. The event is organized by the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Akimat of Almaty City, Tech Garden and Astana Hub.