recent addition to "dot am" portals,
Gateway hopes to live up to its name.
Another Internet portal has joined the growing
number of "dot am" services providing
links of Armenian interests.
Armenia Development Gateway (www.gateway.am)
is the latest, offering web surfing answers about
Armenia, presented in English and Armenian.
Electronic Armenia Foundation executive director
and overseer of the portal Levon Galstyan says
the portal is meant to be "an at-hand key
tool" to find information about Armenia.
Armenia Development Gateway project began in
2000 with mutual efforts of the Government of
Armenia, the World Bank and United Nations Development
Program. As a result it was decided to create
the web site, to provide the business world with
information on opportunities in Armenia. Electronic
Armenia grew out of the Gateway project's collaboration
of 16 organizations and businessmen. Its original
goal was to promote electronic development.
But as Gateway developed, so did its ideas about
"Further progress showed that it shouldn't
be limited only to this extent and it's not enough
only to solve information problems," says
Galstyan. "We decided to create a portal,
which must have become not only the source of
information about opportunities in Armenia but
also such a source of information, where it would
become possible to find addresses of Armenian
organization, which our visitors are interested
Approximately 860 organizations are represented
on the web site, which is divided into five main
divisions: government, society, private, international
and Diaspora. The portal also has divisions on
tourism and recreation.
Synergy International Systems provides the portal's
technological support and its partners include
Armenian Encyclopedia, E-Armenian Foundation and
ARKA news agency.
ARKA news agency has a monthly bulletin BIT@E,
where information on Armenian and international
information technology markets is presented.
The Gateway portal grew out of an international
initiative. Development Gateway Foundation has
implemented such projects in 43 countries and
gave the local members a $78,000 grant to establish
"This version of the portal is not a new
thing in the world," says Galstyan. "Such
portals have almost the same information core
as a gateway for any country. However, each country
has its own development trend, which creates additional
divisions in the portal."