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Belarus and Russia consider the possibility of the implementation of 17 new scientific projects

Belarus and Russia consider the possibility of the implementation of 17 new scientific projects

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Belarus and Russia consider the possibility of the implementation of 17 new scientific projects

Belarus and Russia consider the possibility of the implementation of 17 new scientific projects. Alexander Shumilin, the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, said this today at the joint meeting of colleagues of the Ministry of Education  and Science of Russia and the SCST, BelTa learnt.

‘Today at the session we will discuss 17 new proposals and projects and the way they should be launched.

These are projects in the field of biotechnologies and nanotechnologies, medicine, information and communication technologies, space, laser research, etc.

We need to come up with clear-cut mechanisms to finance, implement and adopt them into the economic sector,’ said the Chairman of the Committee.

According to him, some of these projects will be aimed at the intensification of research and the start of own productions in the field of radio electronics.

Alexander Shumilin emphasized that the Union State pays much attention to the implementation of joint projects. ‘This is very relevant for Belarus: as it unites efforts with Russia, it will get more resources to materialize ambitious and expensive projects. The same concerns the adoption, as the Belarusian market is often too small to introduce large-scale solutions there,’ he said. And he emphasized, that in connection with this Belarus and Russia are set to discuss the issues of a possibility to expand cooperation in science and technology and more efficient use of the mechanisms of the Union State, because a common sci-tech space, which supposes free creation of innovations, the adoption and dissemination of them, is created.

The State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota informed that usually about 2.5 billion Russian rubles are allocated annually from the Union State budget to finance joint programs.

‘Sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less, but anyway, this is the amount that will be available this year, too. Now a part of the money is spent on the programs that were launched earlier. However, we have enough reserves at hand. I urge partners not to shy away from suggesting new ideas,’ the State Secretary said.

Grigory Rapota noted that the two countries have not yet settled the mechanism related to entrance exams for Belarusians entering higher technical institutions in Russia and Russians entering higher technical institutions in Belarus taking into account the centralized testing in Belarus and the uniform state exam in Russia.

 ‘We will talk about it today. We also need to expand cooperation in personnel retraining. There are some questions to be answered about the Belarusian-Russian University, too,’ he said. Besides, the State Secretary suggested discussing the topic of healthcare provision for Belarusian students studying in Russia and Russian students studying in Belarus, and to promote the student construction brigade movement.

Alexander Shumilin, the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, said that a considerable coincidence of the goals of the state policy implemented in Belarus and Russia in these areas of social development, the ways and mechanisms of achievement of them is one of the most important prerequisites for the real unification of educational and scientific-technical potentials of Belarus and Russia.

He reminded that eight joint Russian-Belarusian programs were implemented this year.

The programs in the field of space and information technologies were always considered as a visiting card of the Union State.

Four space research programs have been implemented by now. The implementation of the program “Development of Space and Surface Facilities of remote sensing of the Earth for Information Supply of Belarusian and Russian consumers” (the “Monitoring-SG” cypher).

More than two thousand scientists, engineers and specialists from 50 research organizations, design offices and enterprises of Belarus and Russia take part in the process of implementation of the program.

The program will provide a significant reduction in time and cost for the development and the creation of new types of orbital and ground space facilities and technologies.

This, in turn, will increase the operating efficiency of space engineering and enable to use efficiently the specialization of Belarusian and Russian companies, personnel, and research and production base of the two states.

At the same time, according to Alexander Shumilin, it is necessary to work together on other promising areas of bilateral cooperation, first of all, in the field of exploration, extraction and primary processing of minerals; development of services in the oil and gas industry; for the implementation of systems for monitoring commodity-transport flows, transportation security and logistics on the basis of RFID-technologies; space technologies and technologies of remote sensing and satellite communications.