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Session of Committee of Plenipotentiaries of International Center of Scientific and Technical Information held in Minsk

Session of Committee of Plenipotentiaries of International Center of Scientific and Technical Information held in Minsk

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Session of Committee of Plenipotentiaries of International Center of Scientific and Technical Information held in Minsk

More than 50 representatives from 10 countries of the world are taking part in the work of the Committee of Plenipotentiaries of the supreme governing body of the International Center of Scientific-Technical Information (ICSTI). There are eight issues in the agenda of the session. The development of national systems of scientific and technical information and information technologies, discussion of topical issues of activities, including the approval of the new edition of the Regulations on the board of scientists and the consideration of the plan of preparation for the holding of celebration of the anniversary, 50 years of the creation of the organization in 2019 are among them.

The harmonizing approaches in the issues of the effective use of scientific and technological knowledge are expected to be worked out during the session. This was reported by Andrey Kosovsky, Chairman of the Committee of plenipotentiary representatives, First Vice Chairman of the SCST. According to him, Belarus possesses quite a unique level of the scientific-technical potential and at the present level promotes the initiative of the transition of printed editions to electronic ones. ‘Most of scientific-technical and scientific-methodical materials created within the functioning of the national system of scientific-technical information, have a paper and an electronic medium. That’s why it is expected to discuss the issue of the integration of Belarus into the world information space by means of the transition from printed materials to electronic ones into the international data bases coordinated by ICSTI,’ he explained.

In turn, Yevgeny Ugrinovich, Director General of the International Center of Scientific and Technical Information, said that the activities of the organization are aimed at the development of international scientific and educational communications across the entire spectrum of the areas of the natural and human sciences, as well as the promotion of cross-border scientific, technological and innovative cooperation between member countries. He also noted that in the near future ICSTI is going  to sign an agreement with UNESCO on the issues of the scientific and technical cooperation.

Information: The International Center of Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) is a specialized international organization established in 1969 on the basis of the intergovernmental Agreement on the Establishment of ICSTI. The agreement on the establishment of ICSTI was ratified and registered at the United Nations. The highest governing body of ICSTI is the Committee of Plenipotentiaries. To date, ICSTI has 22 member countries representing almost all continents of the world, from Central America to Southeast Asia and from Europe to Africa. Belarus has been a member of ICSTI since 1993.