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23 June 2016, 15:28

Belarus reaches high level in innovative production

MINSK, 23 June (BelTA) – Belarus has reached a high level in innovative production, Rector of the Belarusian State Technological University Igor Voitov told the Belarus One TV channel as he commented on the Belarus President's speech at the 5th Belarusian People's Congress, BelTA has learned.

“The country looks good in the global sci-tech space. Today almost 3.2% of companies are considered technology intensive, and this is a big number. The current goal is to reach 4-6%. In order to move forward, we need to develop our own sci-tech base, train specialists,” said Igor Voitov.

In his words, global competition in high technologies will continue growing. Without efforts it is practically impossible to win it. “Belarus can boast successes in ICT where we have already reached a high world-class level. There are also big prospects in the area of renewable energy sources, nano and biotechnologies, nuclear power industry, as in the development of the green economy. Such economy is, first of all, aimed at addressing environmental problems, human health and life expectancy,” Igor Voitov said. He noted that the state has been developing the appropriate platform. State support is vital for the development of such sectors.

Personnel are an important part of the innovative economy, Igor Voitov is confident. “The Belarusian State Technological University trains specialists in 34 areas. These are mainly chemists, chemical engineers, specialists in IT, nanomaterials and biological technology. The university trains specialists for the whole pharmaceutical industry. The university has also started training specialists in the sphere of composite materials,” Igor Voitov said.

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