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President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian today held a consultation devoted to several presidential programs and initiatives, as reported the Public Relations Department of the Staff of the President of Armenia.

The President particularly touched upon the Advanced Tomorrow (ATOM) presidential initiative targeted at the development of science and technology in Armenia and said ATOM is a general platform that will feature certain programs, including the Armenian Summit of Minds and STARMUS 6th Festival, which will be held in September 2021.

Sarkissian stated that the Armenian Summit of Minds was postponed from May to October due to the coronavirus pandemic and viewed both the Armenian Summit of Minds and STARMUS Festival as satellites of ATOM, the aim of which is to bring to Armenia the top IT companies and enhance artificial intelligence and mathematical modeling, ensuring close cooperation between foreign and local companies.

According to him, ATOM must become a platform, a scientific center, a small city of the future and an institution that will shape a culture. He added that 16 large foreign companies have already shown interest in the initiative and that some companies (IBM, Siemens, Thales, Dassault and Safran) have already signed memoranda of cooperation or initially agreed to collaborate.

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