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Belarus, Russia mull over R&D corporate centers

MINSK, 19 September (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia plan to set up R&D corporate centers, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Alexander Chesnokov said at the conference, Russia-Belarus-Skolkovo: Single Innovation Space, in Minsk on 19 September.

The project will be submitted to the CIS Heads of Government Council that is scheduled to meet on 28 September. There are plans to implement the project as part of the CIS interstate innovation cooperation program. Among the potential participants are the Belarusian companies Integral and Horizont, and Belarusian State University.

The project will support preproduction, test performance, commercialization as well as the receipt of orders. The project also envisages cooperation between border areas.

All in all, there are 12 pilot projects. All of them will be submitted to the consideration of the heads of government. The projects cover telecommunications, IT, medicine, space technologies, industrial infrastructure and other areas. “The move will help attract funds for implementation of projects with high value and also raise capital for implementation of large socially-oriented projects in the CIS,” Alexander Chesnokov said.