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INNOVESTMENT FROM BELNAFTAKHIM, interview with Alexander Shumilin for the journal "Bulletin of Belnaftakhim"

INNOVESTMENT FROM BELNAFTAKHIM, interview with Alexander Shumilin for the journal "Bulletin of Belnaftakhim"

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INNOVESTMENT FROM BELNAFTAKHIM, interview with Alexander Shumilin for the journal "Bulletin of Belnaftakhim"

Achievements of Belarusian scientists are annually celebrated by the international community. Thus, in 2019, our country took 72nd place in the Global International Innovation Index (14 positions rise compared to 2018). Researchers in the field of petrochemistry make a significant contribution to improving the effectiveness of scientific, technical and innovative activities in Belarus. The close integration of science and production plays a significant role in this. Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, Doctor of Economics, Alexander Shumilin, talks about the priority areas of scientific, technical and innovative activity at petrochemical enterprises.

- According to the SCST, in 2019, the share of export of high-tech products in the total volume of Belarusian exports amounted to more than 35% and reached almost $15 billion. How are Belnaftakhim enterprises represented in this segment?

- They make a significant contribution to the formation of the high-tech products export of the Republic of Belarus. In particular, according to the results for January - November 2019, exports of goods of a high technological level to the concern's organizations amounted to $728.5 million, or 7.5% of the total exports of the corresponding product category in the country. The main items sold by petrochemical enterprises are mineral or chemical fertilizers containing two or three nutrients - nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; other fertilizers (27.6% of the total export of high technological level goods of the concern's organizations); polyamides in primary forms (13.4%); synthetic fibers not subjected to carding, combing or other preparation for spinning (11%). Geographically, the bulk of the high-tech products of Belnaftakhim's enterprises are delivered to Ukraine (26.3% of the total exports of the relevant goods), Russia (23.4%), Lithuania (8.4%), Poland (6.5%) , France (5.8%), and China (5.3%).

- Belstat claims that our country has been gradually increasing the export of services in the field of intellectual property since 2016. Are petrochemical business entities involved in this process?

- In the Republic of Belarus, the intellectual property market is actively developing. In 2019, 778 contracts for industrial property were registered, of which 109 were integrated business license (franchising) agreements. And the fact that since 2016 the export in the services sector for the use of intellectual property has been increasing, once again shows the demand for the development of Belarusian scientists abroad.

According to the results of 2019, the export of services in the field of fees for the use of intellectual property will be about $ 100 million, which is twice as much as compared to 2017.

Petrochemical enterprises play a crucial role in the formation of Belarusian export of services in the field of fees for the use of intellectual property, as well as for industrial property rights developed in this field. For instance, the Polotsk State University received royalties for the device for express analysis of petroleum products in the amount of more than 1 million euros.

- The main international event of the year will be the World Exhibition “EXPO 2020”, which will begin in Dubai on October 20 and will last six months. It is already known what part in the section of scientific, technical and innovative developments is supposed to be allocated to the enterprises of the petrochemical sector?

- The Republic of Belarus will present its own pavilion at the World Expo-2020 Exhibition. The State Committee on Science and Technology will act as the organizer of the collective section of scientific, technical and innovative developments of the National Exposition of Belarus in the “Innovation and Investment” zone (Innovestment). The collective stand of the Belnaftakhim concern, consisting of Svetlagorsk-Khimvalakno OJSC, Polatsk-Fiberglass OJSC and Belshina OJSC, will be placed in the same zone. As for advanced developments, it is known today that OJSC Polatsk-Fiberglass will present high-temperature materials, basalt and products based on it, structural glass mat for the composite industry. OJSC “Svetlagorsk-Khimvolokno” presents to the visitors of “EXPO-2020” carbon fiber materials - threads, fabrics, knitwear, non-woven materials, activated fabrics, activated carbon wipes, as well as heat-resistant materials Arselon.