Between 4 to 8 October 2013 a delegation consisting of representatives of the public sector, USAID and Moldovan IT companies conducted a working visit to Armenia. The purpose of the mission was the experience exchange on the promotion of the sector and the launch of a sustainable partnerships in the field of information technology.
The delegation consisted of: Vitalie Tarlev, Deputy Minister of Information Technology and Communications; Igor Grosu, Deputy Minister of Education, Sergiu Botezatu, Project Manager USAID Moldova, Doina Nistor, USAID CEED II Project Chief of Party, Veaceslav Cunev, President of the Moldovan Association of Private ICT Companies, Viorica Bordei, ATIC Eudcation Project Manager, Peter Usatii, DAAC System Integrator, Sergei Goloborodico, Pentalog, Sergei Tarigradschii, Alfasoft. The visit was organized and took place with the support of USAID CEED II Project.
Agenda of the visit included the participation of the delegation in a series of relevant events as: ArmTech Congress and Digitec 2013 ICT Expo, BSEC Conference on ICT, working meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Education. The delegation undertook visits to important Armenian innovation and excellence centers: Microsoft Innovation Center, Regional Mobile Application Lab, Armenian National Engineering Lab and TUMO – Center for Creative Technologies. There were also held a series of meetings at Synopsys Armenia, Mentor Graphics Armenia, and the Union of IT Enterprises of Armenia.
With a human and economic potential similar to the Republic of Moldova, Armenia has registered remarkable achievements in attracting multinational IT companies that carried out successful projects in research and development of software product, creating high-skilled and well paid jobs. Armenia also benefits from a considerable external support in promoting the development of ICT in the field of education and creative learning.
The formula for success is the efficient coagulation of the efforts and actions of the Government, private sector and development partners, but not least – the systematic collaboration with the large Armenian diaspora abroad in order to create an ecosystem propitious for the development of innovation and encouraging the research in IT.
During the visit the Memorandum of cooperation between the Union of IT Enterprises of Armenia and the Moldovan Association of Private ICT Companies was signed. The initiative will set priority areas for cooperation and will create opportunities for collaboration and transfer of experience.