Energy Week Armenia 2018 to be attended by leading international companies of solar energy


The Energy Week Armenia 2018 will be held in Yerevan on November 14-16 which will be attended by leading international solar energy companies.
Hayk Shekyan, expert on solar energy, founder and CEO of Shtigen LLC, told a press conference in ARMENPRESS that the event is being held not only for the development of the business of private companies of the field, but also it is dedicated to the development of renewable energy in Armenia, energy security, solution of social issues and etc.  
“The Energy Week Armenia will be quite representative. Several programs in solar, wind and hydropower sectors in our country will be observed. Armenia’s past path in the renewable field will be summed up within several days, the future programs will be discussed”, he said. Hayk Shekyan noted that the presence of international companies in Armenia speaks about the fact that being a small country Armenia has already captured its place in the renewable energy world map.

Freedom House: Armenia moves to list of countries with “free internet”


Armenia has improved its positions in the Freedom on the Net 2018 and moved to the list of countries with “free internet”.
Armenia scored 27 points out of 100, as per the Freedom House report entitled Freedom on the Net 2018.
According to the report, Internet freedom in Armenia improved after citizens effectively used social media platforms, communication apps, and live streaming to engender political change in April 2018. Online content and social media apps were not restricted during the reporting period, and there were no reports that civil society figures were hacked.

“Engineering the Evolution” Innovation Forum opens in Yerevan: President Sarkissian delivers welcoming remarks


YEREVAN, OCTOBER 29, ARMENPRESS. The representatives of scientific and technological centers from 20 countries of the world will participate in the Global Innovation Forum titled “Engineering the Evolution” from October 29 to 30, reports Armenpress.
The Forum is being held in Armenia for the first time.
During the official opening ceremony President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian delivered welcoming remarks.
“I like very much today’s headline, we need to be a part of that evolution development. The evolutionary changes at the beginning have taken place once a century, than every 50, 30 years, soon they will become every 10, 3 and 1 years. The humanity and especially those who keep the gateway of civilization should be ready for that. Evolution is infinite, we have discovered only small part of it”, the President said.  

Yerevan is on Enterprise Times list of 10 best cities for tech career opportunities


The Enterprise Times monthly of the UK has made a list of ten best cities for tech career opportunities, and Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan is fourth on this list.
“Research shows that by 2025, the need for programmers in Armenia will have tripled to 30,000. This is largely due to the ever-increasing innovation in their tech sector. A sector that is growing at an annual rate of 20% and shows no signs of slowing down,” the respective article reads.“

RINArmenia: The future of Internet launched in Armenia by Louis Pouzin


TUMO center in Yerevan hosted today the La Francophonie Economic Forum where Famous French scientist, one of the forefathers of the internet, Executive Director of Open-Root organization Louis Pouzin announced the launch of RINArmenia project.
“The history of internet started 50 years ago, and today we have reached a point when Internet is no more comfortable. What did we do then? There are young people who pondered on this” Pouzin said, introducing his colleague John Day who has been the author of the principles behind RINA and Hayk to present the latest technological revolution in the sphere of Internet.

New Agreements Signed: Investments from California into Armenian IT Sector


With the support of Business Armenia, regional high-tech development manager at Enterprise Incubator Foundation and the executive director of Gyumri Information Technologies Center, Ms. Amalya Yeghoyan paid a business visit to California, USA. A conference on the foreign direct investment in the IT sector of Armenia was held for 50 businessmen, Business Armenia said in a press release.
New investment agreements were signed within the scope of the business visit.
Based on one of such documents signed by Ms. Amalya Yeghoyan and Executive Director of Alena Solutions Mr. Asbed Kassis, the company is planning on opening offices in the IT Centers of Vanadzor and Gyumri. Alena Solutions is a company offering technology solutions to various businesses.

“Economic development may take place in Armenia if the government and business community establish real partnership” - PM Attends “My Step for Tavush” Investment Forum


Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan participated in a business forum, referred to as “My Step for Tavush” in Idjevan.
Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Pashinyan stated in part: “As a matter of fact, this is the first regional conference, conventionally called a business or investment forum. The goal is to invite business people from Armenia and abroad, who are natives of this region, to hold an investment-related discussion so that we could change the economic situation in Armenia region by region.”

Conference aimed at boosting Armenian-American trade and investment ties held in Yerevan


The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and the U.S. Commercial Service in Moscow, in partnership with IDBank, organized a one-day conference focused on franchise business opportunities on September 5 in Yerevan.  The event is part of an ongoing effort to foster trade and investment between the United States and Armenia. The conference gave participants rare and valuable early access to well-known American brands eager to enter the Armenian market, the US embassy said.
“I know there are many success stories waiting to be written here today,” Ambassador Richard M. Mills,  said at the event’s opening. “It is my hope that we, at the U.S. Embassy, can set the stage for success by connecting Armenian and American companies. Then we can step back and let you do what you do best and build your businesses.”

PM hosts TUMO Board members to discuss prospects for development of information technologies in Armenia


Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received members of the Board of TUMO Center for Creative Technologies Bekor Papazian, Rev Lebaredean, Alex Serobyan and TUMO Executive Director Marie Lou Papazian to discuss prospects for further development information and high technologies in Armenia.
Greeting the guests, the Prime Minister welcomed the Armenian Diaspora’s readiness to promote Armenia’s development following the velvet revolution and appreciated TUMO Board members’ willingness to contribute to the IT sector, in particular. Nikol Pashinyan noted that TUMO can become the brand of Armenia on the global scale, considering the increased interest of visiting foreign high-ranking officials for our country’s technology education model.
“TUMO’s current achievements are impressive, but there is still much to do, and we see huge potential for recording ever new achievements in this field. The Government stands ready to uphold this process as much as possible," the Prime Minister said.

DigiCamp 2018 held in Artsakh with the support of Ucom


For the first time this year the 6th annual “DigiCamp” innovative camp took place in Artsakh, namely in Tsmakahogh village. The choice of the event venue was symbolic. Alongside with teaching the basics of innovation and entrepreneurship, the organizers of DigiCamp aimed to introduce the native village of the greatest Armenian engineer, physicist and inventor Andranik Iosifian to the participants of DigiCamp, inspire them to raise interest in rocket construction and engineering and in building their technological future all by themselves.
A total of 52 teens in the 15 -18 age group from almost all over Armenia, including Artsakh, as well as Javakhk, participated in the event. 

More than 5000 participants from 35 countries: Sevan Startup Summit 2018 kicks off


Sevan Startup Summit has reached the international level. The event, which kicked off on July 22, gathered startups and specialists from 35 countries of the world in the tent camp on the shores of Lake Sevan. Last year the organizers rejoiced that Armenian startups and investors were interested in their event and expressed a desire to participate in it, the director of the Seaside Startup Summit, Vahagn Rapyan noted. (PHOTOS)

Expert: Armenia IT companies are excited about new government’s readiness to develop domestic military industry


The IT companies of Armenia are enthusiastic about the new government’s readiness to develop the domestic military industry complex.
Karen Vardanyan, Executive Director of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) of Armenia, told the abovementioned to Armenian

Armenia presented at Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services


Armenia participates in China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) presented with the headline “Armenia-gateway to major markets”.

Nikol Pashinyan: “I consider that the IT sphere is just the forerunner to break the barriers of impossibility”


Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attended the 18th annual conference of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE).
Welcoming the conference participants, the Prime Minister noted that the development of information technologies is a priority for the government of Armenia.

New government expresses full support to 2019 Yerevan WCIT


The new government of Armenia has expressed complete support to the organization of the 2019 Yerevan World Congress on Information Technologies-WCIT.
Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) executive director Karen Vardanyan told ARMENPRESS that the preparation is underway as expected.

PM receives President of World Information Technology and Services Alliance


Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Yvonne Chiu, the President of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) and Jim Poisant, the Secretary General of WITSA. Issues related to the organization of the World Congress on Information Technologies (WCIT) to be held in Yerevan in 2019 were discussed during the meeting.

Armenia’s IT potential presented in four German cities


By the assistance of the Armenian Embassy in Germany and the Union of German Entrepreneurs in Armenia, representatives of Armenian IT companies visited Germany on April 10-13 to participate in the “Outsourcing of IT and Business Processes” Berlin Forum. Armenia is one of the partners of the Forum, the Armenian foreign ministry told Armenpress.
Before this, the Armenian delegation participated in the IT forums held in Karlsruhe (April 10), Leipzig (April 11) and Erfurt (April 12), as well as met with German partners.

Deputy minister holds meeting with IT executives


Amalya Yeghoyan, deputy minister of transportation, communication and information technologies, held a meeting with executives of seven Armenian-based major international IT companies, the ministry told ARMENPRESS.
The official held a similar meeting earlier with start-up founders. The deputy minister said the goal of these meetings is to develop the 2018-2019 action plan for the development of IT through team work and discussions.

“We are convinced that doing business in Armenia will be very easy and profitable” - PM Addresses Lebanese Business Community Representatives


The second day of Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s official visit to Lebanon started with working breakfast held with Armenian businessmen. Issues related to Armenia’s development prospects and challenges were discussed.
The head of the Armenian government presented the current economic situation in Armenia and the positive trends in economic development. The Prime Minister stressed that one of Armenia’s key competitive assets is the strong Diaspora, our compatriots who regardless of their domicile are concerned about the future of their homeland.

The new strategy for innovation development in Armenia was introduced to Suren Karayan


The new strategy for innovation development in Armenia was introduced to the Minister of Economic Development and Investments of RA Suren Karayan.
The meeting was attended by the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments of RA Tigran Khachatryan, Deputy Minister Emil Tarasyan, Team Leader of the project of GIZ “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) Eva Näher, as well as other representatives of the sector.

Ministry of Economic Development and Investments Reports Annual Performance


Today, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan visited the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments to get acquainted with the activities and priorities completed in 2017, as well as the tasks set for 2018.
Minister of Economic Development and Investments Suren Karayan noted that in line with the Government’s 2017-2022 Program of Activities, the Ministry had the priority task of ensuring progressive rates of economic growth as compared to developed countries with an average annual GDP growth of about 5% and increasing the share of exports in GDP by 40-45%.

TUMO takes 1st prize in World Congress on Information Technology


TUMO center for creative technologies has received the Chairman's award for contributing to the mission of “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age” in the 2018 Global ICT Excellence Awards run by WITSA's World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)., reports ARMENPRESS. “TUMO is proud to present Armenia’s IT sphere and education in such major international platforms and attracting the attention of leading companies and specialists on our country and its youth. 

Yerevan to host more than 2000 IT leaders at WCIT 2019


Armenia will assume the WCIT 2019 preparations works after the World Congress on Information Technology – WCIT February 19-21 is completed in Hyderabad, India. The event is held is different countries every year, and the 2019 congress will be held in Yerevan, Alexander Yesayan, president of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) – organizer of the event in Armenia – told ARMENPRESS. 

Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah attends summit organized by Startup Armenia Foundation


The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi opened on Friday the first Seaside Startup Summit at Al-Marjan Island. The first Seaside Startup Summit outside of Armenia is organized by Startup Armenia Foundation together with the RAK Incubation and Accelerator based on the memorandum of understanding signed in the October of 2017, reported.

Scientific potential unites for risk reduction of disasters in Armenia


A memorandum of understanding was signed today in the Ministry of Emergency Situations between the Seismic Protection Service, the Armenian Seismology and Physics Association and the Geological Sciences Institute. Minister of emergency situations Davit Tonoyan was present at the signing ceremony. 

Armenia as one of the innovation centers in the world: Vision of informal network of investors


The members of the Science and Technology Angels Network (STAN) have programs in Armenia with an engagement of 10-15 years, reports Armenpress. FAST Foundation’s executive director Armen Orujyan said they want to make Armenia a champion in the fields of science and innovation. “We are not here for six months, but for a long time and expect 10-15 years of engagement. 

FAST's Angels Network to connect business and science in Armenia


A Science and Technology Angels Network (STAN) has opened in Armenia by the initiative of the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST).
The network has announced the start of activity to the press today. This initiative unites 18 investors and entrepreneurs of Armenian descent from Armenia and other countries, who will not only provide Armenian startups financing and consulting, but also mentor them and help them establish ties.

Draft Framework Paper on 2018-2030 Digital Transformation Agenda Submitted for Discussion


Chaired by Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, the Board of Trustees of the Digital Armenia Foundation (DAF) held a regular meeting in the Office of Government to discuss a draft framework document, referred to as “Armenia’s Digital Transformation Agenda 2018-2030.” It has been developed by the DAF jointly with the Center for Strategic Initiatives. DAF Executive Director Edward Nersisyan noted that the framework document outlines the Government’s steps aimed at making of Armenia an internationally competitive country.

Issues related to EU assistance programs and bilateral cooperation with Armenia have been discussed


On January 29, the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments of the Republic of Armenia Garegin Melkonyan received the Head of the Unit of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Eastern Partnership of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission Vassilis Maragos.

Armenia PM to Estonia colleague: We are interested in your IT track-record


YEREVAN. – Within the framework of the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan of Armenia on Wednesday met with PM Jüri Ratas of Estonia.
The premiers reflected on economic development trends in the modern world, Press Office of the Government of Armenia informed Armenian In this context, the Estonian PM presented his country’s considerable track-record in the IT sector.

Armenian delegation to participate in World Congress on Information Technology in India


The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2019 will be held in Armenia, whereas the WCIT 2018 will be held in the Indian city of Hyderabad on February 19-21, the Armenian ministry of transport, communication and information technologies told Armenpress. Armenia’s delegation, including minister of transport, communication and IT Vahan Martirosyan, the representation of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE), telecommunication operators and IT companies, will attend the Congress. 

President Sargsyan meets with organizers of Award for Global Contribution in IT field


President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on January 17 held a meeting with the organizers of the Award for Global Contribution in the Field of Information Technology, the Presidential Office told Armenpress. The President first of all thanked the organizers for the work carried out over the past eight years and all those who are interested in the development of the field, and then asked to what extent the award served its goals based on the results of these years, whether there is a need to more publicize the award, what the organizers think about making the award more effective and useful in the future, raising awareness about the country by this award, constantly increasing the youth interest towards the IT field and boosting the IT field as one of the driving forces of the economy. 

“Armenia should become an exemplary, much-coveted country in terms of business” - Karen Karapetyan visits


Today, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan visited the State Revenue Committee to get acquainted with the 2017 tax revenue performance, the work done by tax and customs authorities, as well as with the plans for 2018. The Head of Government noted that he was going to meet with all ministries and departments in order to sum up FY2017 and talk about the plans for 2018.
“The principles are the same this year: namely to provide a business-friendly environment, and set equal rules for law-abiding businessmen,” Karen Karapetyan said.

Unique free economic zone to yield advanced tech solutions in Armenia


PanARMENIAN.Net - A free economic zone will be created in Armenia to host an advanced technological center - the Armenian Silicon Valley - the Armenian Blockchain Forum said in a statement on Monday, January 15.
The idea was approved by both the government and the ABF.
The cluster is tasked to organize and regulate a unique infrastructure in Armenia for attracting and developing technology projects from abroad.

Opportunities stemming from CEPA to be introduced to business circles starting from 2018


Starting from the next year steps will be taken to implement the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement signed between Armenia and the EU in November, 2017, ARMENPRESS reports Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia Garegin Melkonyan said during the second summit of the European Business Association. “Following the entry into force of the Armenia-EU agreement large-scale works must be done, and here the European Business Association can help Armenia”, the Deputy Minister said. He added that Armenia attaches great importance to the application of the huge knowledge and experience of the EU in Armenia.
Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski noted that during the two years of its operation the European Business Association has managed to fulfill a great job. Particularly, it has presented a range of proposals aimed at improving Armenia’s business environment. “Business environment is of key importance for Armenia and that’s why it is important for us to support particularly the development of small business in Armenia. Armenia needs to create new jobs, ensure economic growth and the young Armenians must see that there is future, opportunities and potential and that they can achieve their goals here. And we will continue our support to Armenia”, Piotr Świtalski said.
According to Business Development Manager at the European Business Association Garegin Galustov, they cooperate with over 160 European and local companies. “We consistently study the business environment in Armenia, document the obstacles. Soon we will publish the research that shows the existing problems in the business environment in Armenia”, Galustov said. Referring to the problems raised by businessmen in the sidelines of the research of the previous year, the representative of the European Business Association noted that they include 5 main spheres - tax, customs, judicial, public procurement and fair competition. “I can say that due to our cooperation with customs bodies, we have recorded a positive move in the sphere”, he said. Next year the association plans to inform the business circles about the opportunities stemming from the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement.
The European Business Association was established in 2015 with the support of the EU Delegation to Armenia.