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Common priorities for science development will help build a knowledge economy - Shumilin

Common priorities for science development will help build a knowledge economy - Shumilin

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Common priorities for science development will help build a knowledge economy - Shumilin

Defining common priorities for scientific, technical and innovative activities in Belarus for 2021-2025 will help build a knowledge economy and will allow scientists, engineers, designers and business representatives to jointly implement high-performance projects. This was stated to BelTA by Alexander Shumilin, Chairman on the State Committee for science and technology, commenting on decree No. 156.

The document provides for further development of information, medical, biological, machine-building, agro-industrial technologies, energy, construction, ecology, environmental management, and ensuring human and social security. "Defining these priorities will help build a knowledge economy and will allow scientists, engineers, designers and business representatives to focus on joint implementation of high-performance projects. The formation of programs and strategies at all levels will focus on the creation and development of industries based on technologies of the V and VI technological systems, with a high knowledge - intensive and low energy and material consumption. This will help preserve and increase the competitiveness of high-tech and high-tech sectors of the national economy, ensure the growth of the existing scientific and technical potential, preserve and develop scientific schools, " Alexander Shumilin said.

According to him, the priorities for Belarus for 2021-2025 take into account the strategic directions for the development of science and technology in the EU, the United States and the EEU for the same period. "Their number is significantly reduced compared to the priorities in force in the current period. This will allow us to concentrate state resources on the implementation of the most important projects for the development of the economy," said the Chairman of the SCST.

Priorities provide a unified system for coordinating research and development and innovation projects through the implementation of a full cycle of scientific activities. "They are aimed at Belarus achieving the level of innovative development of the leading countries in the Eastern Europe region on the basis of realizing the intellectual potential of the Belarusian nation," Alexander Shumilin said.
The development of priority areas was preceded by a long and painstaking work of scientists and manufacturers. It was based on a comprehensive forecast of scientific and technological progress in Belarus for 2021-2025 and for the period up to 2040, industry and regional development plans and strategies. The opinions of business and the scientific community were taken into account, including 12 state expert councils for conducting scientific and technical expertise involving more than 1 thousand experts in all fields of science and technology.