The 18th general Congress of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises has been held: the President of the Union and the Board members have been elected

On May 23, the 18th general Congress of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises has been held.

Nikol Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Ashot Hakobyan, the Minister of Transportation, communication and IT, and Hakob Arshakyan, the Vice Minister, Artsvik Minasyan, the Minister of Economic Development and Investments, Levon Vahradyan, the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, as well as representatives of other state bodies, UITE members, representatives of other HighTech companies, educational institutions, international organizations and diplomatic missions, and other guests have participated at the event.

Aleksandr Yesayan, the President of UITE, has welcomed those present and congratulated the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on assuming office. He has expressed hope that the Government would make steady move to invest in information technologies, military industry and education reforms. The UITE President has also expressed readiness to assist in the development and implementation of Armenia's leading technology sector strategy.

Welcoming the participants of the Congress, Nikol Pashinyan has stressed: “Today we can state that there is nothing impossible for us, our goals are realistic, and their implementation is our practical task regardless of how much others believe it to possible. I consider that the IT sphere is just the forerunner to break the barriers of impossibility, and you may be assured that you have the Government’s full support.

The specialized Working Groups of the Union have presented to the participants the main works done within the frames of the strategic directions of the UITE’s 2017-2021 Strategy, such as the Why Armenia concept, the Military Industry, the State as a Client, and Education and Workforce Development.
Karen Vardanyan, the executive Director of UITE, has presented the Union’s annual report and other implemented projects for the period of April 2017-2018.

Within the frames of the Congress the Memorandum of Outstanding (MOU) has been signed between the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) and the Armenian British Business Chamber (ABBC) to
cooperate in promoting business and education links between British and Armenian entities in the
spheres of Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things.

During the Congress, the annual elections of both the President and Board Members have been held. Aleksandr Yesayan has been re-elected as the President of UITE, and the new members of the UITE board have been elected as follows:

1. Hayk Yesayan, “Ucom”
2. Armen Kocharyan, “VOLO”
3. Sophie Mehrabyan, “Macadamian AR”
4. Arman Poghosyan, “Instigate”
5. Raffi Kassarjian, “Monitis”
6. Manuk Hergnyan, ”Granatus Ventures”
7. “E-Hayq”, Vahagn Poghosyan
8. Irina Dumanyan, “Mentor Graphics development Services”
9. Armen Shahnazaryan, “D-Link International”
10. Artak Chopuryan, “Instigate Mobile”
11. Aram Salatian, “National Instruments AM”
12. Arsen Gevorgyan, “SFL Pro”
13. Gevorg Safaryan, “Lime Tech” has been elected as the Auditor.

As remark, UITE has been established in 2000 as a business association. The mission of the Union is to position Armenia as one of the International High-Tech market leaders by supporting a favorable business environment, implementing lobbing and development projects, supporting High-Tech education and consolidating field players.