Digitalization is high on the agenda of Belarus and Russia, Director of the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research (BISR) Oleg Makarov said at the web-based panel discussion “Development of Russian-Belarusian cooperation in science and education in the era of ‘big challenges' and digital technologies” as part of the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on 29 June, BelTA has learned.
According to Oleg Makarov, this topic is discussed at the forum because it is extremely relevant. “We pay a lot of attention (and this is great) to information security, information relations and, in general, the development of our society in the era of digitalization. In my view, this is not common for such global platforms, but it is important that Belarus-Russia relations are not only about gas, about some construction issues, but also about such important things as the environment, education and science in the era of digitalization,” Oleg Makarov said.
The forum has drawn many participants. “If we look at the Belarusian delegation, we see rectors, representatives of the National Academy of Sciences and ministries. Such a synergy is expected to be impactful and produce meaningful results,” the director of the BISR said.
The 8th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia kicked off on 29 June and will be running through 1 July. Its main events will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Five panel discussions are taking place on the first day of the forum and are focusing on the following topics: Belarus-Russia cooperation in science and education in the era of ‘big challenges' and digital technologies; the role of digitalization in the formation of a single scientific and technological space of the Union State; interaction between Russia and Belarus in implementing Union State programs and science and technology projects within the framework of international treaties; law and digitalization in the Union State: prospects and avenues of development; online youth: the digital environment of the future.
The governing bodies of the Chamber of Young Legislators at the Federation Council and the Youth Council (Parliament) at the National Assembly have convened for their maiden joint meeting on the sidelines of the forum.
The inter-parliamentary commission of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation will hold a web-based meeting to discuss interregional cooperation on 30 June. The forum will pay special attention to business matters. The Council of Business Cooperation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Belarus and Russia will discuss cooperation prospects.
The key event of the forum - the plenary session – will be held on 1 July via a video link. The list of speakers includes heads of government bodies, ministries and departments, representatives of business communities of the two countries, and also digitalization experts. In order to give a new impetus to the digitization process and the development of the common scientific and technological space in the Union State, Belarusian and Russian enterprises will sign several cooperation agreement and contracts on the sidelines of the forum.