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Alexander Shumilin: by combining the efforts of CIS scientists, we will increase the competitiveness of our economies

Alexander Shumilin: by combining the efforts of CIS scientists, we will increase the competitiveness of our economies
Alexander Shumilin: by combining the efforts of CIS scientists, we will increase the competitiveness of our economies

2021

By combining the work of CIS scientists to create innovative and high-tech products, we will increase the competitiveness of our economies. This was announced today at the III Forum of Scientists of the Commonwealth of Independent States by the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Shumilin. According to him, measures are currently being taken at the state level to introduce new methods of interaction between science and business in the Commonwealth space.

"Today we see a pronounced desire of scientists from the CIS countries to work together. Our priorities in the scientific, technical and innovative spheres are coordinated and this gives positive results, which are expressed in new technologies and product samples created by our scientists and specialists. This is a guarantee of the success of joint programs and a real opportunity to gain a foothold in the international markets of high-tech products," Alexander Shumilin said. He also noted that in 2020, by the decision of the CIS Council of Heads of Government, a new Interstate program of Innovative Cooperation of the CIS member states until 2030 was adopted. More than 30 major scientific and innovative organizations will be involved in its implementation, including the Academy of Sciences, the Skolkovo Foundation, the National Venture Fund of Armenia, the Belarusian Innovation Fund, the subjects of the innovation infrastructure of the CIS countries and many others.

The new program, first of all, is designed to ensure an increase in the number of breakthrough technologies and promising developments, the organization of large-scale production of high-tech competitive goods and services within the common innovation space of the Commonwealth in such areas as big data, artificial intelligence, sensing, IoT technologies, robotics, quantum technologies, photonics, new materials. To implement the new program, a Comprehensive Action Plan was adopted for a period of five years, and the countries have already begun to implement it.

In 2020, the implementation of the Interstate Program of Innovative Cooperation of the CIS Member States for the period up to 2020 was completed, thanks to which:

1) The regulatory framework has been formed and the mechanisms of financial support for the implementation of pilot interstate innovative projects and activities of the program have been determined;

2) An interstate system of joint use of the innovation infrastructure of the CIS countries has been created through the development of technology parks, clusters, etc .;

3) An interstate network of collective use centers and innovation commercialization centers has been formed;

4) A number of pilot interstate innovative projects have been implemented.

Belarusian organizations were the executors of 9 out of 10 interstate innovative projects of the program. For many pilot interstate innovative projects, significant results have been achieved in the form of prototypes of products with a possible transition to their industrial production. For example, the implementation of one of them provided the creation of test systems for the serological diagnosis of hepatitis E (participants - Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia). As part of the project to create miniature sensors of magnetic fields and autonomous sources of electric energy (participants – Belarus and Russia), installations for measuring magnetostriction of ferromagnetic films and temperature indicators have been developed. To date, 6 such installations have already been used in scientific and educational organizations in Russia. Another promising project was the development and certification of a multi-purpose aerospace predictive monitoring system (MAXM), which subsequently reduces from 10% to 20% damage from natural emergencies and the costs of eliminating their consequences due to timely measures taken.