Belarus and China signed agreement on creation of joint center for incubation of innovative projects

5/13/17 10:05 AM / Views:463

The State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China signed an agreement on the creation and organization of activities of the Sino-Belarusian Center for incubating innovative projects. The signatures of the document were put by Alexander Shumilin and Wang Gang, the heads of the two departments.

According to the document, the center will support scientific and technical and innovative activities of the innovative entrepreneurship and the youth start-up movement. It is planned to create a new subject of innovation infrastructure on the basis of the Belarusian National Technical University and the Sino-Belarusian Velikiy Kamenh Industrial Park. Its structure will include a start-up center, an expert council, a coworking center and a rapid prototyping laboratory (FABLAB).

Following the signing of the agreement, the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology Alexander Shumilin noted that the Belarusian-Chinese scientific and technical cooperation is reaching a qualitatively new level. ‘11 meetings of the commission for cooperation in the field of science and technology of the Belarus-Chinese Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee were held. The topical issues of the bilateral cooperation were discussed there, including the issues of the joint financing of the Belarusian-Chinese scientific and technical projects, the possibility of creating a Belarusian-Chinese venture investment fund  and the format of the scientific, technical and innovative cooperation within the framework of the Velikiy Kamenh Sino-Belarusian Industrial Park ,’ he said. Alexander Shumilin also noted that at present 28 Belarusian-Chinese scientific and technical projects are being implemented, including the projects in the field of microelectronics, optical and laser technologies, biotechnology and new materials.

Belarus and China have been developing the cooperation in science and innovation since the beginning of the 1990s (the agreement on scientific and technical cooperation of April 24, 1992).