In­no­va­tion Ideas: De­velop and In­tro­duce

INNOWEEK (Week of In­no­va­tive Ideas), or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of In­no­va­tive De­vel­op­ment of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan, has been held at the Uz­ex­pocen­ter NEC in Tashkent.

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Busi­ness­peo­ple, in­vestors, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of for­eign re­search and in­no­va­tion cen­ters, in­vest­ment funds, tech­nol­ogy agen­cies, tech­nol­ogy parks and busi­ness in­cu­ba­tors have taken part in the events of the week.

The event has sought to cre­ate am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­no­va­tive ideas, tech­nolo­gies and projects by pro­vid­ing tech­nol­ogy trans­fer be­tween Uzbek­istan and de­vel­oped coun­tries.

On the first day of the week, in­no­va­tions im­ple­mented in all sec­tors of the econ­omy and re­gions of our coun­try were dis­cussed, the pub­lic was in­formed about the essence of the In­no­va­tive De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan for 2019-2021, cre­at­ing the nec­es­sary con­di­tions for our coun­try to join the ranks of the top 50 coun­tries in the world in­dex by 2030.

The In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion and In­vest­ment Fo­rum started within the frame­work of the INNOWEEK In­no­va­tive Ideas Week at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter with the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of for­eign re­search and in­no­va­tion cen­ters, in­vest­ment funds, tech­nol­ogy agen­cies, tech­nol­ogy parks and busi­ness in­cu­ba­tors. At its open­ing, it was em­pha­sized that the week of in­no­va­tive ideas, ini­ti­ated by Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev, is a full-fledged event ded­i­cated to the goals of the year 2018 – the Year of Sup­port for Ac­tive En­ter­prise, In­no­va­tive Ideas and Tech­nolo­gies. It will be an im­por­tant step to­wards the de­vel­op­ment and in­te­gra­tion of sci­ence, pro­duc­tion and en­trepreneur­ship in our coun­try.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 53 well­known in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­pa­nies, lead­ing ex­perts in the field of sci­ence and in­no­va­tion from more than 30 coun­tries of the world par­tic­i­pated in the In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion and In­vest­ment Fo­rum. Dur­ing the fo­rum, seven agree­ments and 21 mem­o­ran­dums among in­ter­ested or­ga­ni­za­tions, the min­istry and its sub­or­di­nate in­sti­tu­tions have been signed.

It should be noted that the essence of the in­no­va­tion ex­hi­bi­tion in the frame­work of the In­no­va­tion Week is the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of sci­en­tific in­ven­tions that con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the econ­omy at a rapid pace. At pre­vi­ous sci­en­tific ex­hi­bi­tions held in our coun­try, sci­en­tists and re­search in­sti­tu­tions pre­sented sci­en­tific nov­el­ties that were not in­tro­duced in the eco­nomic sec­tor, but re­mained only on pa­per. It should be noted that th­ese aca­demic de­vel­op­ments were not of in­ter­est to the econ­omy, and some­times even were re­dun­dant. At this fair, pre­sented were not only in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ments in­tro­duced in the econ­omy of our coun­try, but also ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies of ad­vanced na­tions, the lat­est dis­cov­er­ies and in­no­va­tive ideas.

“Our fo­rum re­quires a di­a­logue not only on in­no­va­tions, but also on in­vest­ments. Since it is im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine in­no­va­tion with­out in­vest­ment and vice versa. At the ini­tia­tive of the min­istry, in­vest­ments in the amount of $ 20.6 mil­lion were at­tracted to strengthen the ma­te­rial and tech­ni­cal base of the re­search in­sti­tutes of the Academy of Sci­ences – the Abu Rai­han Beruni In­sti­tute of Ori­en­tal Stud­ies and the Khorezm Academy of Ma­mun, $ 47.5 thou­sand for ad­vanced train­ing, in­tern­ships, par­tic­i­pa­tion in con­fer­ences of 27 pro­fes­sors, teach­ers and doc­toral stu­dents, and $ 5.5 mil­lion to or­ga­nize train­ing for for­eign cit­i­zen stu­dents. In ad­di­tion, more than $ 14.7 mil­lion for 67 do­mes­tic higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions have been at­tracted so far. The nine in­vest­ment projects to be im­ple­mented by the Min­istry of In­no­va­tion De­vel­op­ment in 2019 will be fi­nanced by for­eign and lo­cal in­vestors. Of th­ese, six projects iden­ti­fied sources and vol­umes, the to­tal value of which amounted to $ 335.7 mil­lion. We hope that the fo­rum be­ing held will bring new im­pe­tus to our com­mon work. And we look for­ward to var­i­ous views, thoughts and in­no­va­tive ideas from the In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion and In­vest­ment Fo­rum. We be­lieve that the fo­rum par­tic­i­pants will de­mon­strate in­no­va­tive sus­tain­able di­rec­tions that will en­sure the pros­per­ity of the fu­ture of our peo­ple and coun­try,” said Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tive De­vel­op­ment Ibro­him Ab­du­rah­monov.

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