On 6 March 2007 RCTT hosted a roundtable meeting of dedicated to the recently launched multi-partner Project “Strengthening the National System for Technology Transfer in the Republic of Belarus on the Basis of Information and Communication Technologies”. The Project is implemented and funded by the Government of Belarus, with co-funding and under the auspices of UNDP and UNIDO.
Among the meeting participants there were First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technologies of the Republic of Belarus V.I. Nedilko, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Belarus L. Buadze, First Deputy Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Academician P.A. Vitiaz, Project Manager/Director of the Republican Centre for Technology Transfer A.A. Uspenskiy, Chairman of the Minsk Capital Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers V.N. Kariagin, Director of the Local Fund of Mutual Aid and Solidarity S.A. Shkred, Head of the Information Department of the National Library of Belarus A.A. Sheremetyeva, Deputy Director of the High Technologies Park A.M. Martinkevich, etc. Several journalists and reporters from the local and national mass media came to cover the meeting.
When speaking to the audience and answering their questions, some meeting participants emphasized the notable positive effect of the projects jointly implemented by the Belarusian Government, UNDP and UNIDO, with the stakeholders’ consolidated effort and resources. The UNDP, SCST and NANB officials are in the firm belief that the new project will make for further development of the innovation entrepreneurship in Belarus. It will be achieved owing to the planned amendment of the legal framework for technology transfer (including the upgraded status of intellectual property rights in the evaluation and transfer of technologies), strengthening of the institutional framework for technology transfer, support of the innovation-driven enterprise among young people, and incentives to encourage technology foresight surveys in Belarus. To achieve such goals, the Project provides for an array of activities, in particular, establishing of two new branch offices of RCTT (at the National Library and the High Technologies Park), launching a Web site on innovative projects by young researchers and entrepreneurs (to be hosted on RCTT’s e-portal), publishing a booklet “Technology Foresight Surveys, Why Should Belarus Need Them?”, development of a few guide manuals meant for technology transfer specialists (“Protection of IP Rights for Software and Databases”, “Funding Commercialization Projects”, “Promoting Commercialization Projects via Technology Transfer Networks”, “Expert Appraisal of Technology Commercialization Projects”), professional training of the local specialists in technology transfer, working out proposals and guidelines for amendment of the regulatory and legal acts that regulate the procedures related to establishing, operating and financing of the domestic technology transfer centres with private, state-owned and non-governmental entities. There are many other planned activities that would help achieve the objectives of the Project.