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Belarus, Sudan to expand cooperation in science, technology

Society 30.08.2017 | 16:39
An archive photo of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
An archive photo of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

MINSK, 30 August (BelTA) – Belarus and Sudan will expand cooperation in science and technology, representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) told BelTA.

A Sudanese delegation led by Speaker of the National Assembly of Sudan (the lower chamber of the Sudanese parliament) эIbrahim Ahmed Omer visited the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus on 30 August. Members of the delegation met with top officials of the Academy and were made familiar with the permanently open exhibition, which showcases Belarusian R&D products and their adoption by the production sector.

During the meeting Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov noted that the Academy places importance on the advancement of mutually beneficial cooperation with Sudan. “Many scientific interests of Belarus and Sudan coincide. Organizations of the Academy work in the areas the Sudanese side is interested in. We are ready to provide all kinds of support in this matter,” he said.

In particular, the Belarusian side suggested stepping up cooperation in the extraction and processing of mineral resources, in petrochemical industry and agribusiness technologies. “We can offer the latest technologies in agriculture, an entire lineup of agricultural machines and complexes for remodeling Sudan's agriculture and putting it onto an innovation-driven development track,” added Vladimir Gusakov.

Ibrahim Ahmed Omer confirmed that nowadays Sudan is particularly interested in Belarusian innovations in the sphere of agriculture, crop selection, in the latest agricultural machines and mechanisms. Sudan is also interested in technologies for extracting and processing mineral resources, in power engineering, ways to improve the physical infrastructure available to the Sudanese research institutions, in the training of top-qualification scientists.

Vladimir Gusakov suggested promptly putting together a protocol on expanding scientific and technical cooperation between the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Sudan as a result of the visit. “This document will become the foundation for broad, multiway mutually beneficial cooperation between scientific institutions of Belarus and Sudan,” he explained. Ibrahim Ahmed Omer backed the proposal.

A list of innovative projects, on which Belarusian and Sudanese scientists can work on, was handed over to the Sudanese side. The list had been prepared by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

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