Fu­ture Shaped by In­no­va­tions

On 15-18 Novem­ber Minsk played host to the Be­laru­sian In­no­va­tion Week

Economy of Belarus - - UNION STATE - Vic­to­ria IVANOVICH, Econ­omy of Be­larus Mag­a­zine

In­tel­lec­tual Pri­or­i­ties

In­no­va­tions and in­no­va­tive ac­tiv­i­ties have been high­lighted in Be­larus’ pol­icy doc­u­ments. These doc­u­ments en­vis­age the wide­spread use of in­no­va­tions in high-tech in­dus­tries, for­eign trade, en­trepreneur­ship and re­gional de­vel­op­ment, mod­ern­iza­tion of the econ­omy and im­port-sub­sti­tu­tion. Held for the first time in Minsk, the Be­laru­sian In­no­va­tion Week “In­tel­lect. Ini­tia­tive. In­no­va­tions” has be­come a land­mark event for the coun­try, a plat­form for com­mu­ni­ca­tion in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion.

The in­no­va­tion week was aimed at rais­ing the in­no­va­tion and in­vest­ment ap­peal of Be­larus. At­tend­ing meet­ings, fo­rums, con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars were more than 500 peo­ple. They dis­cussed ways to in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of in­no­va­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, spoke about the re­sults of their re­search, shared ex­pe­ri­ence of im­ple­ment­ing in­no­va­tions and ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies in pro­duc­tion. Events held as part of the Be­laru­sian In­no­va­tion Week sought to shape in­no­va­tive think­ing, fa­cil­i­tate in­no­va­tive en­trepreneur­ship, and in­volve youth in in­no­va­tion de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Prime Min­is­ter Mikhail Myas­nikovich de­liv­ered a greet­ing ad­dress to par­tic­i­pants of the ple­nary meet­ing of the Be­laru­sian In­no­va­tion Week. The head of govern­ment wished the par­tic­i­pants of the fo­rum to do their work us­ing the prin­ci­ple of di­rect ac­tion. “We need to think fast and stay fo­cused. From propos­ing an idea to im­ple­ment­ing it,” said Mikhail Myas­nikovich.

For that, our coun­try has the leg­is­la­tion, in­fra­struc­ture, fund­ing and our main as­set – highly qual­i­fied per­son­nel: schol­ars and spe­cial­ists, said the Prime Min­is­ter.

The nec­es­sary de­ci­sions have been made in the coun­try. In 2011 and in par­tic­u­lar in 2012 a big pack­age of in­cen­tives to fur­ther in­no­va­tion and in­vest­ment ac­tiv­i­ties will be in force. For the real pro­duc­tion

BELAZ’ new equip­ment was dis­played at the ex­hi­bi­tion of in­no­va­tive ideas and projects as part of the Be­laru­sian In­no­va­tion Week

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