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Call for more effective nexus between science and industry in Belarus

President 13.12.2017 | 13:54

MINSK, 13 December (BelTA) – There is a need to ensure a more effective nexus between science and industry, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the Second Congress of Scientists of Belarus in Minsk on 13 December, BelTA has learned.

“I consider it necessary to draw your attention to some of the areas where we can improve and further develop Belarusian science. First of all, we need to ensure a more effective link between science and industry, to address jointly the main problems in mechanical engineering and industry on the whole. The industry is the heart of all innovations. There are no countries with strong science and weak industry and vice versa,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

According to him, the National Academy of Sciences should focus more on its function of a systemic scientific integrator binding together science, industry and business.

The president stressed that industry, in conjunction with science and education system must meet some basic tasks. “First of all, you must determine the areas of diversification and modernization of industries: from examination of new technologies and equipment to participation in their commercialization,” the president noted.

Alexander Lukashenko believes that new modern plants should be built relying on scientific grounds. According to him, there is a need to ensure a systematic work on evaluating the reliability and product quality at all stages: from design to manufacturing.

Another goal is to concentrate efforts on improving the performance of high-tech industries to meet the challenges and competition with industrialized countries. For this purpose it is necessary to intensify the work on technological priorities and specific promising projects. The Industry Ministry and other ministries need to clearly understand this and focus on this,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to the president, the further development of laser and optoelectronic technology, the area where Belarus has laid a goof groundwork, may make a great contribution to facilitate the transition to the new economy. “The country is a regional leader in this regard. This technology is in demand in the military and healthcare, transportation and industry. The demand will be growing, not only in Belarus. We also need to develop all the spectra of the digital economy, control systems, artificial intelligence,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

The head of state also urged to develop an electric transport program that will include the measures to increase Belarusian localization of the production of component parts for mobile electric and hybrid vehicles and the launch of domestically-made elements of the electric motor drive and accumulators.

“The aerospace sector needs to continue developing new drones, including those of dual use, which are in demand across the globe,” the president said.

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