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Alexander Shumilin: our developments are not inferior to American ones

11/5/17 8:49 AM / Views:344


We have to take into account a considerable difference between ordinary discoveries and innovation, which is a discovery introduced into the production and brought a profit. It is well-known that only one of ten startups becomes successful. It's not just about the quality of ideas. It is of great importance to get into the trend and the prospect of the product's demand. An attempt was made to determine the vector of the development in the draft strategy, which was considered at the Presidium of the Council of Ministers. The interview with Alexander Shumilin,  Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology, began with the question about  internal priorities or world trends. We primarily pay attention to it.


‘Naturally, we choose priorities. We cannot move on only our own path. The Belarusian economy is open, and science is always international. We are in the world development trends. It is important to choose priorities where we have reserves, and where we can become the first.’


‘What are these priorities?’


‘Naturally, information and communication technologies. We always had a strong mathematical school. The things happening today in the Park of High Technologies and in the area of IT are not accidental. All this begins with mathematics and mathematical algorithms. This year, Google bought one of the HTP startups for developments in the field of artificial intelligence.’


‘Is it correct that the state is engaged in the development of innovative technologies and their implementation?’


‘China sends 1.7% of GDP for scientific and technical developments, Belarus sends 0.52%. The creation of a centralized innovation fund enabled this year to finance all applications of scientists in applied research for the first time in five years.’


 ‘Now the share of innovative products in our GDP is 16%.’


‘It's already 17.5%. This indicator is growing. This is very good. It is 19% in Germany, and it is 17.5% in France. We are not inferior at all in a number of areas. Unfortunately, we and our possibilities are not well known today in Europe. We need to be more insistent, and to assert ourselves more bravely. I was in the USA this year. There was a start-up tour. I can say that our developments on many levels exceed the American ones.’