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The scientific-practical seminar “Public-Private Partnership in Innovation” held in Minsk

The scientific-practical seminar “Public-Private Partnership in Innovation” held in Minsk

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The scientific-practical seminar “Public-Private Partnership in Innovation” held in Minsk

The cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe has been actively developed since mid-2009.

In 2010, a group of international experts made recommendations to improve innovation management, which concern the development of a national innovation system, legislation and a variety of mechanisms and instruments of state support of innovation processes in Belarus. They were summarized in the report entitled “Review of the Innovative Development of the Republic of Belarus” published in 2011.

This was announced today at the opening of scientific-practical seminar “Public-Private Partnership in Innovation” by Piotr Baltrukovich, the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus. According to him, the cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe is important because “Innovation Performance Review of Belarus” didn’t only pointout the shortcomings, bottlenecks and potential problems in the future, but became the basis for the development of cooperation between the European Economic Commission and the Republic of Belarus on several areas.

One of them is a methodological assistance to the government in the improvement of innovation management.

It is developed with the active participation of the SCST. Over the three past years such assistance in the form of consultation and involvement of qualified foreign experts in Belarus to exchange experience was on the most important areas of innovation policy: the financing of innovation; intellectual property issues; international cooperation in the field of technology commercialization; improvement of the position of Belarus in international rankings; assessment of innovative development; specificity of innovation development in the regions; innovation for the needs of government; development of eco-innovation. By the way, the workshop “Public-private partnership in innovation” is the seventh event of this three-year-cycle. Piotr Baltrukovich also said in his speech that the necessary legal framework for the development of an innovative economy as a key factor of improvement of its competitiveness, has been mainly formed and is implemented within the framework of the State Program of Innovative Development of the Republic of Belarus for 2011 - 2015.

The concept of formation and development of innovation and industrial clusters in the Republic of Belarus and measures for its implementation  have been approved, a set of regulations aimed at improving the financing and support of innovative development has been adopted, promotion of innovation and investment activity.

The adopted law of the Republic of Belarus “On State Innovation Policy and Innovation” and the Presidential Decree “On the Commercialization of Scientific and Technological Activity created by Public Funds” laid the foundation of a public-private partnership (PPP).

The fundamental draft of the Republic of Belarus “On Public-Private Partnership” is planned to be considered at the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus in January 2015.

“This law defines the basis for legal regulation, goals, objectives, general principles of public relations in the framework of the PPP, and aims to attract extra-budgetary sources to finance capital investments, research works, socially important projects and programs in the economy, the development of innovative activity and knowledge-intensive industries,’ said Piotr Baltrukovich.

The scientific-practical seminar “Public-Private Partnership in Innovation” is supported by the State Committee for Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, the European Economic Commission, the Academy of Public Administration, and the “BELISA.”

The main purpose of the event is to familiarize the participants with the best international experience of creation and functioning of innovative platforms and the use of tools for their development created at the expense of State funds public-private partnership.