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Minsk hosts 23rd session of Interstate Council for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation

Minsk hosts 23rd  session of Interstate Council for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation

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Minsk hosts 23rd session of Interstate Council for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation

The 23rd session of the Interstate Council for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation is held in Minsk on November 29-30. It is attended by representatives of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus and the CIS Executive Committee, the International Association of Science Academy, the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Standing Committee of the Union State. The agenda includes 13 issues, including the implementation of pilot interstate innovative projects, the development of a draft concept of the Interstate Program of Innovation Cooperation of the CIS member-states for 2021 - 2030, the international scientific-technical and innovation cooperation of the IC STI for youth policy IC STI, the International fund for innovative the development of the CIS, and other issues.

It should be noted that the International Innovative Development Fund of the CIS was created in October of this year. Today, there will be its presentation and a selection of projects for the implementation at the meeting of the ICSTI. According to Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the ICSTI, Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, the new structure is designed to develop a practical implementation of the CIS decisions of the supreme bodies of the interstate innovative space. According to him, the fund will generate a new technological platform of the interstate innovation cooperation of the complete cycle for a large-scale introduction of innovative developments.

Alexander Shumilin also said that currently the Commonwealth is implementing eight pilot projects. Four of them already have the results. In particular, the expert system for the evaluation of oil contamination of the geological environment, the processes of the processing of the materials and products for the hydrogen energy and industrial ecology, magnetoelectric autonomous energy sources, etc. were developed.

In turn, Sergei Ivanov, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary, said that the Commonwealth countries have started the development of the project of a new interstate innovation cooperation program, designed for 2021-2030, BelTA has learned. ‘The most important thing is a work for the future. We started the development of a new project of the Interstate Program of Innovation Cooperation for 2021-2030. This is a very important document, we invite to participate all CIS countries’, - he said.

Now the CIS implements the Interstate program of the innovation cooperation of the member-states of the Commonwealth until 2020. ‘The program is one of the most important mechanisms of the integration within the CIS operation and is aimed at the unification and concentration of resources in order to implement the global and breakthrough projects,’ - Alexander Shumilin said.

An agreement on cooperation between the Interstate Council for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation and the CIS International Association Academy of Sciences was signed during the meeting of the MS STI. The document was signed by Alexander Shumilin and Piotr Vityaz.

Reference: The Interstate Council for Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (IC STI) was established on November 20, 2009 by the decision of the CIS Council of Heads of Governments. Its functions include the coordination of science, technology and innovation policy as a whole and its separate components and the formation of the state financial and economic mechanisms to support joint programs and projects in this field. The ICSTI is the Supervisory Board of the Interstate Program of Innovation Cooperation of CIS member states for the period up to 2020. Its main purpose is an association of intellectual, scientific, technological, industrial and financial potentials of member-states of the Commonwealth.