2nd Review of Innovative Development of Belarus prepared in cooperation with UNECE presented in Minsk

7/18/17 2:35 PM / Views:817

Belarus is going to export hi-tech products to the amount of 11 billion USD in 2017. This was announced by  Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology, to the mass media before the start of the presentation of the review of the innovation development of Belarus "Innovations for Sustainable Development", prepared jointly by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the SCST. ‘Last year we exceeded the planned value for the export of high-tech products, it amounted to about 10 billion USD. In 2017, we expect that the amount will be about  11 billion USD,’ BelTA quotes Alexander Shumilin.

In 2016, the share of exports of high-tech and science-intensive products in the total volume increased by 2.3% compared to 2015 and amounted to 33.2%. The share of shipment of innovative products by industrial enterprises has increased.

The Chairman of the SCST stressed that Belarus is building a strategy for developing the economy on the basis of innovations. ‘We have a third state program of innovative development. We have already succeeded in many things. In particular, we have created a serious legislative base in the field of innovation, a centralized innovation fund. We began to develop the innovative infrastructure and the innovative entrepreneurship. We have become a space state, developing nanotechnologies and biotechnologies. All this is noted by international experts,’ Alexander Shumilin said.

He recalled that the head of the state announced about the construction of an IT-country. ‘The IT area of Belarus has moved very far over the past 10 years. It can become one of the points of the economic growth,’ Alexander Shumilin said. At the same time, the head of the SCST drew attention to the criticisms voiced by foreign experts. ‘Our scientists do not have the so-called right to risk. Now all state money should be 100% justified. However, the success cannot always be guaranteed. Here experts tell us that we must start financing risky projects,’ he said.

According to him, this year it was decided to allocate 20% of the funding allocated for the state scientific and technical programs to risky projects.

‘We want to show that you can get results on these projects, make money and return them. Then, maybe, the share will increase,’ he stressed. Also, experts point to the need to develop the innovative entrepreneurship and market-based financing systems. ‘We are working in this area. We have 10 technological parks and 8 technology transfer centers. Innovative products in technological parks over the past year produced twice as much as in 2015. In 2016, we created more than 300 jobs in technology parks and technology transfer centers,’ he stated.

The review of the innovative development of Belarus "Innovations for Sustainable Development" highlights the country's achievements in the area of the legislative regulation of the issues of the commercialization of intellectual property, the centralization of sectoral innovative funds, the prospective and strategic innovation planning, the improvement of statistics and methods of data collection, the preservation of human resources for the implementation of the innovative development path, the development of the information and communication technology sector and the expansion of the international cooperation. In general, the survey results show that Belarus managed to cope with the negative consequences of the crisis. A comparison of the main statistical indicators of innovation activities in 2011 and 2016 showed that during this period it was possible to keep them at about the pre-crisis level.