Be­larus-rus­sia: Union of In­no­va­tions

Joint projects may be­come in­no­va­tive brands of the Be­larus-rus­sia Union State

Economy of Belarus - - UNION STATE - Svet­lana PAVLOVA, Vladimir NAPREYEV, Econ­omy of Be­larus Mag­a­zine

To­wards the Knowl­edge Econ­omy

This was the fo­cal point of the pre­sen­ta­tion made by Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence Min­is­ter of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Sergei

The Be­larus-rus­sia in­no­va­tion con­fer­ence held within the frame­work of the Be­laru­sian In­no­va­tion Week was very dy­namic and busy. Fa­mous sci­en­tists, ex­perts, Union State of­fi­cials, busi­ness­men, heads of in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies and as­so­ci­a­tions of the two coun­tries got to­gether in the Round Hall of the National Li­brary of Be­larus. Brief pre­sen­ta­tions of cur­rent projects and new so­lu­tions im­me­di­ately be­came the themes of roundta­bles. There­fore, by the end of the ple­nary ses­sion, the par­ties drafted pro­to­cols of in­tent in IT, bio– and nano– tech­nolo­gies, mi­cro­elec­tron­ics and pho­ton­ics, medicine and ed­u­ca­tion. De­ci­sions should be made fast. Af­ter all, the above­men­tioned in­dus­tries are the back­bone of the knowl­edge econ­omy that is the ul­ti­mate goal of Be­larus and Rus­sia. The sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the two coun­tries and their po­si­tion in the in­ter­na­tional arena largely de­pend on how fast in­no­va­tive ideas are as­sim­i­lated by the national economies. In or­der to ad­vance to new tech­no­log­i­cal par­a­digms, the two coun­tries need to unite their in­tel­lec­tual and man­u­fac­tur­ing po­ten­tial and take the most of their co­op­er­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence in im­ple­ment­ing in­no­va­tive projects.

Ivanets. It is not a se­cret that most coun­tries of the world are now try­ing to build the knowl­edge econ­omy. Re­spond­ing to the chal­lenges of to­day, Be­larus and Rus­sia are do­ing the same. We have sub­stan­tial in­tel­lec­tual and man­u­fac­tur­ing po­ten­tial to build a true knowl­edge econ­omy in the near­est fu­ture.

Of course, this re­quires con­certed ef­fort of sci­en­tists and man­u­fac­tur­ers of the two coun­tries. The two coun­tries have been col­lab­o­rat­ing for quite a long time al­ready.

The Round Hall of the National Li­brary of the Repub­lic of Be­larus was the venue of the Be­laru­sian-rus­sian in­vest­ment fo­rum held as part of the Be­laru­sian In­no­va­tion Week

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