Georgia Focuses on Innovation Technology
18 July, 2013
Georgia Focuses on  Innovation Technology
Lately, Georgian administration highlighted development of innovation technologies. A discussion on the innovation-based economic growth and the role of communication technologies’ development was held on July 15, 2013. It was organized by the World Bank and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.
Participants of the event included both governmental and non-governmental structures as well as donor organizations. They discussed the issues regarding the promotion of Georgia’s sustainable economic growth, small-and-medium-sized enterprise development and creation of new jobs.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgian government discusses the possibility of development of joint strategy of innovation, information and communication technologies together with the World Bank that has already expressed its readiness to help Georgia with human resources, as well as invest in the field of innovation and building IT parks.
“Present day is a reference point for achieving long-term goals in the field of innovation, information and communication technologies” Kvirikashvili, said.
According to him, Georgia should hold leading positions in information and communication technology by 2020. To this end it is important to increase internet access, raise computer awareness, develop the electronic government services and promote business innovations in this field.
According to Henry Kerali, Regional Director of the World Bank, Georgia is a country with small open economy, thus the economic growth of the country depends on the growth of enterprises of its competitive goods and services and availability to sell them on the global market.
“The Government of Georgia will need to use the strategic approaches during the implementation of the policy; the approach may not be easy, but it can bring important benefits, since it was successful in many countries worldwide,” Kerali said.
Under initiative of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia together with other government bodies and private sector will start work on the short, medium and long-term strategies of Information and Communications Technologies in Georgia. Georgian government expects benefits of IT sector development as followings: creating high-paying jobs as well as economic opportunities in other various fields; Improving international competitiveness; better level in the field of education and health care; strong and competitive Small and Medium Sized (SME) business. Technology parks and innovation centers will be set up throughout Georgia to boost development of IT companies so as to increase their competitiveness. Technology parks will also be deployed for students, science circles and other business sector.
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