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from 21.01.2016

Andrei Kobyakov held a meeting of the commission on state scientific and technical policy at the Council of Ministers

"At today's meeting, we need to consider the lists of national and regional research programs for 2016-2020 and, based on their results, to decide which of them will be submitted to the head of state for approval," Andrei Kobyakov noted.

He said there is a need to evaluate closely the results of scientific and technological activities in the last five-year period, submit proposals and clear plans of action for the development of this sphere. Belarus Prime Minister instructed to make maximum use of domestic science and technology in solving major social and economic challenges. "We must determine how to best utilize the domestic science and technology to address the most important social and economic tasks outlined by the President. The main objective is to increase the competitiveness and export capabilities of enterprises,” said Andrei Kobyakov.

"The programs should be aimed at developing innovative products based on the latest domestic and foreign scientific achievements, corresponding to the best world analogues or surpassing them. The share of imports in new technologies should be minimal while the level of added value high,” said the Prime Minister. The Belarusian head of government stated that the head of state identified specific priorities of scientific and technical activities for 2016-2020. "First and foremost, they are about the development of science and creation of high-tech sectors based on V and VI technological paradigms: IT sector, precision engineering and instrumentation, microelectronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. By facilitating the scientific and technological development of these areas we will be able to build an innovative economy,” Minister Andrei Kobyakov concluded.

There are plans to implement seventeen science and technology programs in Belarus in 2016-2020, Chairman of the Belarusian State Science and Technology Committee Alexander Shumilin told at the meeting of the science and technology policy committee of the Council of Ministers. “We are working on a development strategy for the next five years, from 2016 till 2020, and a new list of state science and technology programs. The number of programs has decreased from 23 in the previous five years to 17. The new list features some absolutely new programs, such as Smart Information Technologies, Robotic Systems and Aerospace Technologies, Alexander Shumilin noted. He noted that 23 science and technology programs were carried out in Belarus in 2011-2015. “The programs generated around $9.5 billion worth of new products and 2,500 innovative solutions. Almost 300 enterprises were set up or upgraded,” Alexander Shumilin said.​