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Azerbaijan to Adopt New ICT Development Program

Azerbaijan is now at a new stage of technological development. The country has developed a national strategy of ICT development. To implement it, the government needs to adopt a new state program in near future.

The statement came from Azerbaijan's Communications and High Technologies Minister Ali Abbasov at the opening ceremony of the new office of HP Company in Baku.

The state is the largest customer of high-tech products on the market of Azerbaijan, he noted.

Currently the country's public sector is working with many major vendors and manufacturers of high-tech products, including HP Company.

"The state budget for the purchase of IT-hardware and software will be increased," Abbasov said.

The new program is designed to solve the problem of "digital divide" between the center and the regions of Azerbaijan. To overcome the "divide", the projects developing broadband infrastructure and satellite systems will play an essential role.

Moreover, HP and High Technology Park under the Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in information security sphere at the event.

The High Tech Park is expected to be found on a 50-hectare land area in Pirallahi district of Baku in the end of this year.

The new facility will be an area with the necessary infrastructure, logistics and governing entities for conducting research in ICT, telecommunications and space use, energy efficiency, and the development of new and high technologies.

Residents and companies operating in the park will be exempt from the 18 percent VAT on imported infrastructural and technological goods and services. The park participants will also be exempt from tax and customs duty for seven years.

The park's activity is expected to expand the ICT sector of the country based on current scientific and technological achievements, and to ensure the creation of modern complexes for research and development of new information technologies.

The park will play an important role in the sustainable development of economy.

Source: AzerNews

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