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06 June 2022, 15:57

Opinion: Efficient import substitution plays central stage amid sanctions

MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) - Amid sanctions pressure the tasks of effective import substitution come to the forefront, State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council Aleksandr Volfovich said at the opening of the International ICT Forum TIBO 2022 on 6 June, BelTA has learned.

“For the past 30 years the international exhibition TIBO has been performing an important function of promoting the most advanced and innovative information and communication technologies both in economy and public administration. Every year, this event reviews the country's progress in digitalization, identifies urgent issues, and outlines the ways to solve them,” said Aleksandr Volfovich.

According to him, TIBO always promptly responds to various technological, social and political risks and challenges. “In the aggravating international situation and sanctions pressure from Western countries, the tasks of effective import substitution, building new cooperative production chains, and ensuring digital sovereignty of Belarus come to the fore,” the state secretary said.

At the current stage of society's digital transformation, cyber security, critical infrastructure and big data are becoming increasingly important for ensuring the sustainability of all areas of activities. “In our country, TIBO is rightfully considered to be the leading profile platform in information security. Participation of all the leading Belarusian and foreign communications and ICT companies in the forum allows us to hope for successful solution of all the set tasks,” Aleksandr Volfovich said.

First Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration Maksim Ryzhenkov said at the opening of the forum: “I am glad to see at TIBO so many people interested in information development. People are becoming more and more aware of the importance of this area in human life.”

Maksim Ryzhenkov also read out a welcome address from the head of state to those present at the opening of the forum.

The International Forum on Information and Communication Technologies TIBO 2022 will be running from 6 to 10 June. On display are products and services from well-known manufacturers of telecommunication equipment, hardware, and software, mobile and fixed-line communication operators, developers and suppliers of high-tech products, security systems, intelligent solutions and services for the household and corporate segment, scientific and educational institutions.

The 4th edition of the Eurasian Digital Forum, the 5th installment of the Belarusian ICT Summit, and the II Digital Economy Forum will be held at Minsk Arena. The last day of the forum will mark the ceremonies for the internet award TIBO 2022, Belarus ICT Startup Award and the national competition for youth initiatives Agro 4.0.

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