YEREVAN (ARKA) — In 2019 Armenia will host for the first time the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), Hayk Chobanyan, the deputy executive director of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) said on his Facebook page.

The decision to hold WCIT 2019 in the capital of Armenia was adopted at WCIT-14, which was held in Mexico City on 29th of September – October 1.

According to Chobanyan, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) had announced a competition to hold WCIT 2019 in one of WITSA- member countries. As a member of the alliance UITE had sent an application.

“For us it is very important that such a conference is to be held in Armenia. In the first place, it is very important from the point of view of increasing the technological rating of the country, “says Chobanyan.

According to him, in order to achieve this goal it is necessary to begin actively to cooperate with WITSA.

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a consortium of associations from the information and communications technology (ICT) industry around the world. The group claims that it represents over 90% of the world ICT market through its global membership, and has a goal of advancing the growth and development of the ICT industry.

WITSA was founded in 1978 as the World Computing Services Industry Association, and participates in advocacy in international public policy that affects the “global information infrastructure”.

It voices the concerns of the international IT industry in organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the G8. WITSA represents IT industry associations in over 80 countries or economies. WITSA’s motto is “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age”.

The Union of Information Technology Enterprises of Armenia (UITE) was founded in 2000 to protect the interests of local IT companies, stimulate business development and encourage research in the field of IT.

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