23.03.2016 [News]

Belarus and Georgia agree to cooperate in Science and Technology

An intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in science and technology between Belarus and Georgiawas signed on 22 March 2016  within the framework of the visit of the Georgian Prime Minister Mr. George Kvirikashvili to Minsk.

The following areas were defined as the bi-lateral priorities:

  • methodology and development of test systems and quality control;
  • environment;
  • medicine and medical technologies, pharmacy;
  • energy;
  • biotechnology;
  • agriculture;
  • water management technologies;
  • mining technologies;
  • information and communication technologies;
  • nanotechnologies;
  • laser technologies and photonics.

In contrast to many other similar framework agreements signed by Belarus earlier, the one with Georgia does not contain the direct obligation of the parties to provide the financial support for joint activities, e.g. for implementing the joint R&D projects. It states however that the parties will develop a mechanism to ensure the implementation of joint of S&T projects, to rnable the evaluation of technical and economic efficiency of their outcomes and to provide the financing for them. Evidently, for the moment the key instrument for collaboration could be the joint participation of Belarusian and Georgian researchers and companies in Horizon 2020 and other EU-funded programmes.

As usual, an intergovernmental commission will be set up to ensure the coordination of activities under this agreement.

Source: Olga Meerovskaya, BelIsa