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Minsk is becoming an increasingly recognized platform for an international high-level meeting. This was once again confirmed at the 23rd session of the Interstate Cooperation Council of the CIS member states in science, technology and innovation here yesterday. The participants showed a keen interest in the interaction: 10 member states from 11 of the Council were represented there.
In particular, the issue on the implementation of the joint program of the innovative development up to 2020 turned out to be in the focus of attention of the participants of the meeting. Alexander Shumilin, Head of the SCST of Belarus, chaired the meeting of the Council. As he explained to journalists, 4 agreed projects from 8 ones have already been implemented. An international investment fund, designed to attract a private investment in the replication of the results and technologies, was created. It is equally important that the first steps for the development of a program of the joint scientific-technical and innovation development of the CIS countries for the period to 2030 were made at the meeting.
‘Although the countries included in our council, quite often have different interests in science and technology. Everyone understands that without the development of them a competitive economy cannot be built,’ Alexander Shumilin said during the conversation with the correspondent of SB. ‘Nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, space, IT-area and agrarian technologies are among social global topics of relevance for all. It is important to attract the potential of the National Academy of Sciences. Our Interstate Council signed an agreement on cooperation with the International Association of the Academy of Sciences at the current session. Now it heads the National Academy of Sciences.
And on Friday, the meeting will continue in a narrower format: there will be a meeting of the Commission on the establishment of a common scientific and technological space of the Union State. The following issues are in the agenda: how to combine the efforts of Belarusian and Russian scientists and specialists creating groundbreaking science-intensive technologies? How to use more effectively the opportunities offered by the Union State?’
‘The scientific and technical cooperation is much more active than in other interstate formations of the former Soviet Union,’ Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the SCST, said. ‘70-80 percent of the Union budget is spent for it. About 50 joint scientific and technological projects have already been done. Today, we discuss new areas of cooperation in this format. They are a space exploration, new materials and nanotechnology. Also we have to improve the mechanism for the adoption of the union programs significantly to reduce the time they pass through the various bodies from 1-2 years to six months.
The Commission on forming a unified a scientific and technological space has been established relatively recently and meets twice a year. This meeting is the third. It is held on the eve of the next meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Union State, scheduled for December 13. The Commission considered the concept of two new Federal science and technology programs, and supported the establishment of the Union State Award in the field of science and technology. Now these solutions must be jointly approved by the head of the Belarusian and Russian governments.
The source: SB