Information Technology Association of Georgia
Information Technology Association of Georgia (ITAG, hereinafter – “Association”) is non-entrepreneurial, non-profit, non-commercial, non-governmental, non-political Legal Entity, based on the principle of membership, created and acting in accordance with Georgian Constitution, Georgian Civil Code, Georgian Legislation and its own Charter. Association was established on 4 May 2017 to unite IT businesses around common challenges and interests, as well as with joint efforts to improve the information technology environment in Georgia.
The mission of the Association is to contribute to improving the technological environment in Georgia and make Georgia an attractive place for the technological world. It aims:
• Increase the annual market size of the ICT sector up to 10-25% over the next 3-5 years;
• Increase the export of IT services by 10-20% over the next 3-5 years;
• Involvement of member companies in review and development of state priorities and future plans;
• Support knowledge growth in Information Technology;
• Provide access to International experience;
• Promote Capacity Building for ICT companies and improve Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) to establish a supportive ICT policy framework;
• Lobby and advocacy of the interests of member companies
The Association is actively working in 3 key areas and has 7 main strategic tasks in order to achieve its goals:
1. Access to finances
• To create an ecosystem that will facilitate small and medium businesses in the ICT sector access to financial resources through the EU4Digital Programme.
2. Market access
• To include the ICT sector in intersectoral cooperation in order to maximize the identification of domestic market needs and effectively meet sectoral requirements. (ITAG and other sectoral Associations)
• To create special conditions for IT companies to enter foreign target markets and export ICT services at the level of government policy. (ITAG and Members)
• To fully realize the DCFTA potential for the ICT sector. (EU)
3. Access to human capital
• To include private business in the vocational and higher educational ecosystem in the direction of ICT.
• To establish long-term and close cooperation between vocational colleges, higher education institutions and private companies.
• To bring the needs of the employer as close as possible to the interests of educational organizations.