By Nazrin Gadimova
Export volume of Azerbaijan’s software may reach $1 billion within the next five years, said Ismail Alakbarov, head of Azerbaijan’s Neuron Technologies company.
“Azerbaijan’s software market has a great potential, which allows us to make such optimistic forecasts for the upcoming years,” he told Trend, adding that to achieve this goal it is necessary to unite the efforts of all export-oriented local companies.
Alakbarov believes that a key moment in achieving this goal until 2020 is the development of human resources, which requires close cooperation of the state with economy's private sector, and business with universities.
“It is very important to prepare world-class professionals, to enable them to improve their skills outside of Azerbaijan and invite foreign experts to the country to conduct trainings,” he emphasized.
Alakbarov further added that the priority markets for exporting Azerbaijani software are the markets of Central Asia, Africa, Iran and other countries,.
“The main task in the export of intellectual products is to ensure its competitiveness. This can be achieved either through reasonable prices or functionality of the intellectual product.”
The head of the company added that the African market, being one of the most promising, has great resources.
“In terms of price, solutions proposed by global brands are less competitive compared with those decisions, which our local companies may represent. The price difference can be tenfold,” Alakbarov said.
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