YEREVAN, December 25. /ARKA/. Microsoft Armenia office is expecting to deepen its cooperation with Armenia’s government in 2014, director of the office Grigor Barseghyan said at a demo seminar for reporters.
The year 2013 was another year of achievements in Armenia’s IT sector when two global corporations, Oracle and IBM, came to the Armenian market, he said.
Barseghyan stressed the main problem of Armenia’s IT sector today is lack of specialists and the brain drain. According to him, specialists leave the country not for financial reasons but seeking greater potential and opportunities for their career development.
Since the opening of Microsoft Armenia in 2006 the office has been always involved in building up the country’s IT sector: a Microsoft Innovation Center and IT Academy were founded, the director said.
Barseghyan noted over these years 3,000 students and specialists were trained in the innovation center and the IT academy and participated in seminars and various events. This means Microsoft Armenia has had contacts with more than half of people involved in the IT sector, Barseghyan said.
In 2000, Armenian government announced IT sector is of priority in the country’s economic development. There are currently about 350 IT companies in Armenia today, with their staffs totaling around 10,000 employees. IT sector recorded a 25% growth as of the end of 2012 compared to 2011 and its annual turnover reached $250 million.
In 2007 Armenia and Microsoft signed a cooperation agreement whereby Microsoft implements in Armenia a number of investment, educational and innovative programs.–0--