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Legislation on digital economy in Belarus expected soon

Economy 11.12.2017 | 14:18

MINSK, 11 December (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to sign the ordinance on developing digital economy soon, BelTA learned from First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky after the government conference held by the head of state on 11 December.

“We expect the document to be signed this week,” said First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky.

The official specified that the consequent implementation of the norms the document stipulates will require certain time since the document has a very large scope and a lot of work will be needed to adjust the effective legislation. “The matter of implementing the document is how fast we will act,” said the official.

According to the source, not only the IT industry was discussed during the government conference. “The ordinance also mentions artificial intelligence, robot technologies, possible ways of development based on biotechnology. I am talking about an entire new global economy. The second aspect is enabling conditions for the transformation of conventional industries. It is particularly important for us. Because apart from keeping our competitive advantages we should not lose ourselves in a rapidly changing world,” said First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky.

Education is the third aspect. Modern challenges require radically different approaches to secondary education and tertiary education. “We've talked a lot about it today. It is time for people to speak at least more than one language. We traditionally speak two languages — Belarusian and Russian — but it is obvious that we should also know how to speak English and fluently at that,” noted the official.

Apart from that, the quality of education, its ability to meet modern requirements for professional competences also matter.

Speaking about the draft ordinance, Vasily Matyushevsky stressed that the government had not polished anything because the head of state had given instructions to make the document's scope as large as possible. In other words, the document will have to lay down a broad framework for the development of new processes. “Actually, this is just what we have as a result,” specified the first deputy prime minister.

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