Belarus, Pakistan to set up sci-tech and innovative cooperation center
MINSK, 28 January (BelTA) – Belarus and Pakistan will set up a center to coordinate sci-tech and innovative cooperation, Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus Alexander Shumilin told BelTA.
"In 2015 Belarus made serious progress in developing cooperation with such countries as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia. In autumn 2015 we held a joint Belarusian-Pakistani contest of sci-tech projects for 2016-2017 in various areas including nanotechnologies, agriculture and biotechnologies, renewable energy technologies and IT. We are also working in setting up a Belarusian-Pakistani center to coordinate sci-tech and innovative cooperation," he noted.
Alexander Shumilin explained that the center would promote cooperation between Belarusian and Pakistani research organizations as well as more efficient use of invested funds and resources.
Besides, in 2015 Belarus and Bangladesh adopted a program of cooperation in science and technology for 2015-2016. The program envisages the implementation of joint projects. "The similar program will Indonesia for 2016-2017 was adopted in December 2015. We will develop cooperation in the sci-tech sector through joint research projects and creation of joint companies," he stressed.
Alexander Shumilin said that Belarus is also in talks with Ecuador. A list of joint projects with that country was formed in late 2015. The list included about 20 joint research projects in IT, applied chemistry and physics, agriculture, outer space and renewable energy. "We will embark on their implementation soon. We also held consultations on possible implementation of joint projects with organizations from Ecuador and the High-Tech Park and the setting up of a joint company in Ecuador to produce unmanned aircraft systems and the relevant products," he added.