The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS) is planning a visit of Serbian companies to Armenia in order to discuss the potential strengthening of cooperation between the two economies. The plan is to work together with Armenian colleagues to establish technology centers for the free education of young people in rural areas of Serbia, following the example of the Armenian TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, which has hubs all over the world.
TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is a free educational program for teenagers, aged 12 to 18 who are specializing in IT, technology, and design. Their education takes place in different TUMO centers in Armenia, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Moscow, Beirut, Tirana...
"With the TUMO Center from Armenia, we want to implement a technology project aimed at rural areas in Serbia, where our young people could learn about future technologies free of charge," said Marko Čadež, the president of CCIS, at a meeting with Ashot Hovakimian, the Ambassador of Armenia in Belgrade.
The President of the CCIS pointed out that there was significant room for improvement in the economic cooperation between the two countries, especially in the IT sector, the health industry, agriculture, and the production of machines.
Ambassador Hovakimian reminded that Armenia managed to achieve economic growth of 12.5 percent last year and that 10 percent of that growth was due to the IT and startup sector.
Speaking about the potential cooperation between the two economies and the establishment of the TUMO Center in Serbia, Hovakimian pointed out that Armenia has launched such technological hubs all over the world, and that their experience showed that more than 90 percent of young people who passed through this educational center immediately got a job in large international companies.
Also, the ambassador pointed out that there was room for more significant cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of tourism, agriculture, and services sector, especially in the sphere of the startup ecosystem.