Women and ICT Programme Launched in Armenia

Women and ICT Frontier Initiative Programme (WIFI), organized through the joint efforts of the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development, the Civil Service Council of the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Young Women’s Association, was launched at the event held on the premises of Yerevan State University in Yerevan, Armenia, on 29 September 2017. The WIFI Programme is targeted at developing the capacities of policymakers and women entrepreneurs in Armenia. The chief objectives of the Programme are to improve the ICT skills of key stakeholders including government officials, training institutions, civil society groups and women entrepreneurs, as well as to strengthen the engagement of policymakers in decision-making processes. On 26-28 September 2017, the RA CSC organized a three-day training of trainers WIFI Programme, wherein participated around seven dozens of civil servants, representatives from civil servant training institutions, non-governmental organizations, as well as women entrepreneurs from across various regions of Armenia.  The event on WIFI National Launch was opened with welcome remarks by Chairman of RA Civil Service Council Manvel Badalyan, who mentioned that the current civil service reforms were targeted at raising the civil service efficiency, enhancing the professionalism of civil servants and improving the training system. In this context, M. Badalyan stressed the importance of studying the international best practice, its localization in Armenia, as well as the implementation of internationally acknowledged training programs. The Head of Social Affairs Department of RA Government Staff, A. Mirzakhanyan, delivered a welcoming speech on behalf of the Chief of Staff of RA Government Staff. It is to be noted that Armenia is the sixth country where WIFI was launched among the countries of the United Nations Asian and Pacific region. The RA Civil Service Council has been closely cooperating with the UN Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development since 2015.