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26 October 2017, 12:02

Slovakia eager to cooperate with Belarus in biotechnology

MINSK, 26 October (BelTA) – Slovakia is interested in cooperation with Belarus in biotechnology, Olga Nachtmannova, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, told the media at the ministerial meeting of the Central European Initiative (CEI) on science and technology headlined Biotechnology for Healthy and Active Life in the CEI Region on 26 October, BelTA has learned.

“Slovakia is interested in cooperation with Belarus in biotechnology. Our collaboration holds great prospects. It benefits both sides, and we already see some results,” Olga Nachtmannova said. In her opinion, a vivid example of such cooperation is the international R&D and manufacturing company Nativita that has recently opened in Beshenkovichi, Vitebsk Oblast. The company produces drugs for cancer treatment. This innovative project is unique as it involves representatives of four countries: Belarus, Lithuania, India, and Slovakia.

The state secretary also recalled that the 13th session of the Belarusian-Slovak commission on cooperation in trade, economy, science, and technology was held in Bratislava last week. The commission outlined the avenues of further Belarus-Slovakia interaction.

The CEI ministerial meeting on science and technology Biotechnology for Healthy and Active Life in the CEI Region is taking place in Minsk on 26 October. The conference is meant to resume the dialogue of high-level experts on the current state and prospects of cooperation in science, technology, and innovations in the CEI region. The participants are expected to come up with proposals on specific projects in the region's interests and help formulate the CEI agenda for 2018-2020. The conference has brought together ministers of the CEI member states, officials in charge of science, technology, innovations, healthcare, agriculture, and food industry. R&D centers and non-governmental organizations developing biopharmaceuticals and biotechnologies for agriculture have also been invited to attend.

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