Armenia to Have State Information System

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A seminar organized Wednesday on the initiative of the Armenian Information and Book-Publishing Department was devoted to the establishment of a state information system in Armenia.

The seminar was attended by employees of the IBM Russian Office which cooperate with all former USSR republics–except Baltic States–Turkmen’stan–Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.

IBM System Architect–Victor Smolensky–presented a package of suggestions on the establishment of an information system to be considered by the Armenian government. According to preliminary estimates–the project will cost $10-12 million.

According to Smolensky–it is necessary to take into consideration the problems of state construction–economy and permanent social relations. In order to determine the state financial policy–the information system must first cover the structures yielding profits which are the tax and customs services. To weaken the social tension–the information system must have an employment service and pension fund.

The IBM firm is also offering a program to help equip the regional medical centers.

Smolensky noted that the main objective of the current visit to Armenia is to determine job priorities and to study the Republic. In particular–Armenia has traditionally developed a chemical industry–which can result in ecological problems. The program "Ecological monitoring" may be applied to solve these problems.

Hrachik Bayadian–Deputy Head of the Armenian Information and Book-Publishing Department–said that to establish a state information system–it is necessary to work out a national strategy–specify priority directions–taking into account national needs.

"This is not the first program of the kind–proposed by foreign firms. All those programs were elaborated on in detail–but without our participation. However–the conceptual problems must be solved by us," Bayadian said–adding that the Department already started preparing its own proposals in that field.

According to Rostom Malkhasian–Director General of the Microring Firm–which is IBM’s partner–the base of IBM’s proposals are the integrational solution to the problem–in which the entire system links are interrelated.

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