IT representatives are demanding an increase in science funding for science in Armenia, bringing it to 4% of the budget, Gevorg Safaryan, co-founder of EarlyOne and Limetech, told reporters on February 8.
According to him, this can be done gradually, that is – to increase the share of funding to 2% from 2022, and to 3% from 2023. Safaryan noted the importance of a preliminary inventory of resources, combining the development of science with the country’s development strategy and formulating a well-thought-out program and its implementation through appropriate funding.
“It is also very important to ensure technological transfer, that is, the direct application of scientific achievements in the economy. This, in turn, will make it possible to further develop the science itself, since additional funds will appear. All these steps need to be taken urgently, although the matter has not yet reached further discussions. However, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia and the working committee also agreed with the 4% figure. Today there are 4 thousand employees in the IT field in Armenia, that is, there are personnel – you just need to provide them with state orders,” he noted.