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Belarus and Venezuela to carry out six joint R&D projects in 2012-2015

MINSK, 27 March (BelTA) - In 2012-2015 Belarus and Venezuela will carry out at least six joint scientific-technical projects, BelTA learnt from the press service of the State Science and Technology Committee.

Innovation cooperation was discussed at the recent meeting of First Deputy Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus Leonid Demidov and Venezuela’s Deputy Minister for Scientific Development Guillermo Barreto. “The sides agreed that the list of projects would be widened after bilateral consultations,” the press service said.

The promising projects include the design of integrated bio-fertilizer for a wide variety of leguminous plants, production and storage of hydrogen derived from hydrocarbide, the use of geo-information technologies with the use of satellite images to prevent environmental risks associated with soil erosion in coastal zones, development of methods of DNA-typing of valuable genes to be used in cultivating agricultural plants and breeding animals, development and improvement of biosafety systems. In addition, areas of mutual interest include education and training of Venezuelan specialists in mathematical modeling in Belarus.

The delegation of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation of Venezuela visited Belarus to discuss bilateral cooperation including a draft executive program on cooperation in R&D between the two countries for 2012-2015. The delegation consisted of representatives of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research and the Astronomical Research Center Foundation Astronomy Francisco J. Duarte.