MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – One of the strategic tasks for science and manufacturing industry is the creation and widespread assimilation of technologies, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with representatives of the National Academy of Sciences in Minsk on 25 January, BelTA has learned.
“One of the strategic tasks for science and manufacturing industry is to increase the efficiency of scientific research, to design modern technologies and to assimilate them on a wide scale. That's the main thing for us. We need fundamental science, too. Without it there can be no applied science. But if we focus on fundamental science and ignore applied science we will ruin science in general," Aleksandr Lukashenko said. "We must bring the economy to the level of sustainable innovative development and significantly increase the gross domestic product."
According to the president, scientists have been doing a lot to achieve this. In his words, research is needed primarily to solve purely applied problems. “Unfortunately, we see some of your developments only at exhibition stands for the time being,” the head of state said.
“Indeed, we have made significant progress. I recall my first years of presidency and our work then. Scientists complained a lot that their developments were not used. We have made great progress in introducing scientific developments into production. I am confident however that the country is yet to achieve more. Good innovations are yet to find their way from the shelves into manufacturing. Innovations are badly needed today, especially in our regions. We want you to be get actively involved in regional development programs,” said the head of state.