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Unicomp CEO participates in a meeting with Armenia's President-Elect

Prime-Minister, who is also the newly-elected President of RA Serge Sarkissian visited Special Physics and Mathematics School run by the Yerevan State University. His aim to inspect the pilot programme of distant education, involving the above-mentioned school and five schools in Sunick Marz of Armenia.

 

Thanks to the special credit line and several international organizations contribution, in particular USAID-sponsored Project Harmony, today more than 300 schools in Armenia have computer classrooms and are connected to the Internet.
After inspecting the program the President-Elect conferred with UITE Board members involved in the program.
"Time and again we acknowledged importance of the IT sphere and confirmed our willingness to develop it, and we will steadfastly develop the IT, which, in its turn, will facilitate dynamic development of all the branches of economy; and this is exactly the objective of the new concept of the IT-development being drawn-up now", said Mr Sarkissian.Minister of Trade and Economic Development Nerses Yeritsian pointed out that within the framework of the above-mentioned programme it will be possible to establish partnership between state and private sectors, aimed not only at modernizing the education system, but at developing the economy as a whole. "We have already declared our intention to create in the nearest 5-10 years such a business environment which would be competitive in the world; an e-society would emerge with everybody being able to purchase goods and services via the Internet", he stressed.

In his turn, Founding CEO of Unicomp Armen Baldryan pointed out that the program provides great opportunities in education, but taking advantage of such opportunities requires a highly-developed IT-industry, enabling us to catch up with our neighbors, whose IT-industry growth figures today significantly exceed our own.
For that objective to be fulfilled, Mr Baldryan says, the state must pursue special policies in the IT-sphere, especially regarding tax and customs incentives (not to be confused with special privileges).
Armen Baldryan cited Estonia as an example. In Estonia, every person buying a computer receives an income tax rebate totalling half the price paid for the computer. The budget of the state does not suffer as a result, as VAT, income tax and other payments compensate the difference, at the same time providing a much-needed boost for the IT-industry development.
Speaking on behalf of all the IT-businessmen, Mr Baldryan raised the issue of centralizing management of the entire branch, mainly by creating a Ministry of Information/Communication and Innovation Technology, which, in his view, would answer the challenge of rapid development.

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