MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – Belarus and India have discussed cooperation in science, technology and innovation during the visit of a delegation of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India (CSIR) headed by CSIR Director General and Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) at the Ministry of Science and Technology of India Nallathamby Kalaiselvi. The delegation was hosted by Belarus' State Committee on Science and Technology, BelTA learned from the State Committee on Science and Technology.
According to Tatiana Stolyarova, Deputy Chair of the State Committee on Science and Technology, cooperation in science, technology and innovation is one of key elements of trade and economic relations of Belarus and India.
During the meeting, the State Committee on Science and Technology of Belarus and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India expressed their interest in expanding cooperation. Priority areas were also identified: digital information and communication technology, energy, environment and environmental management, agro-industrial and food technology, instrumentation and innovative materials, as well as medical and pharmaceutical technology.
In 1993 the two countries signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement in science and technology. The implementation of the agreement is coordinated by a joint commission. In 2019, Belarus and India signed an agreement to designate the Belarusian Institute for System Analysis and Information Support of the Scientific and Technical Sphere and the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials in Hyderabad as base organizations. An Indian information and coordination center for scientific and technical cooperation was set up at the National Science and Technology Library.