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21 April 2022, 17:34

Call for more effort to digitize Belarusian economy

MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – While developing the existing model of the Hi-Tech Park, it is necessary to keep in mind the digitization of the national economy. Belarusian Economy Minister Aleksandr Chervyakov made the statement as he met with Deputy Director of the Hi-Tech Park Administration Kirill Zalessky, BelTA has learned.

According to Aleksandr Chervyakov, there is no doubt that information technologies are important for economy, the IT sector generates considerable earnings from export, and the tendency should be preserved. “It is necessary to develop and improve the existing model, the best practices and competences the Hi-Tech Park has. But apart from that it is necessary to reinforce and promote new avenues relating to the digitization of the national economy,” the economy minister said. “The experience and products of Hi-Tech Park residents in current conditions are in demand not only on foreign markets but also within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. Our partners are intent on developing and assimilating their own software instead of Western analogs. These niches and opportunities must not be missed.”

Aleksandr Chervyakov also noted that the launch of an imported software substitution program is under consideration. “The need for it in economy branches and individual enterprises is being examined. The areas where we can replace Western analogs with national products will be determined as a result. I am talking about the development of domestic IT solutions for healthcare, state administration, mechanical engineering, transport, and so on. We have to evaluate our needs and offer a contract to the IT industry,” the economy minister said.

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