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22 June 2016, 14:52

Lukashenko wants information technology in every sector of Belarus economy

MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) – Information technology should be implemented in every sector of the Belarusian economy, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the 5th Belarusian People's Congress on 22 June, BelTA has learned.

“Today there is no sector (from finances and banks to industry and agriculture) that has avoided IT penetration. Therefore, our main goal in the area is not just to develop a full-fledged e-government or increase software exports. The main goal is to implement information technology in every sector of the economy. It is one of the most efficient methods for reducing costs, optimizing management and improving competition,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

In his words, several years ago Belarus got busy with IT development. The first results have already been noted in the international arena. Thus, according to the International Telecommunication Union, Belarus has already surpassed all the CIS member states and even countries of the Eastern Europe in the level of ICT development. “We are closely approaching the world's top 30 countries in the area. And this is only the beginning. We are setting an ambitious goal for 2016-2020, i.e. to become a leader in our region, Eastern Europe,” the head of state said.

He added that this is not about the showings and ranking positions. “Prompt IT penetration is not a tribute to fashion. It is a guarantee of surviving and stronger competitive edge of the whole economy,” the President believes.

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