Yet another seminar “Technology Transfer as an Element of National Innovation Activity” was held in Minsk on 13 May. This time the venue was the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, and the audience consisted of the trainees of the Academy’s Institute of Top Managers. The seminar was moderated by Director of RCTT A. Uspenskiy.
16 trainees (meant to replace the present top managers of key national organizations and appointed by the President of Belarus) represented several Belarusian organizations and enterprises.
The seminar highlighted the following issues:
- the role of technology transfer and the world’s experience in it;
- the means and instruments of technology transfer;
- the present status and prospects for development of technology transfer in Belarus.
At the end of the visit each of the trainees received a set of the leaflets issued by RCTT:
· “RCTT: Promotion of Cooperation Between Hi-Tech Developers, Entrepreneurs and Investors”,
· “Technology Transfer, What Is It?” (the leaflet preferably for young communities),
· “Technology Transfer: Union of Science and Business” (the leaflet preferably for entrepreneurs).
In addition, Mr. Uspenskiy informed the trainees about the goals and objectives of the Project “Information Technologies to Open Knowledge for Eastern Europe and Central Asia” that had been implemented under the 7th Framework Programme of EU for science- and technology-related cooperation. RCTT had joined the projects recently. The Project is meant to assist the technology transfer in the ICT domain by helping primarily enterprises, organizations and institutions in the target countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and other Central Asian countries).
Basically, the goals of the Project are:
· to reveal new opportunities for collaboration between the European Union, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the ICT sector;
· to promote science-related programmes run by the EU in the ICT field; involving the target countries in more sector-wise international projects.