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IT Development Council Will Be Set Up In Belarus

A council for the development of the IT industry will be created in Belarus. It will include high-ranking officials, IT investors and scientists, Belarus president’s aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky said on 13 March.

The council would serve as a ground for the discussion of new ideas, and a platform for interaction between lawmakers and people working in the IT industry.

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Alexander Lukashenko visited Minsk offices of Banuba Development and EXP Capital on Monday, 13 March. Photo: BelTA

“We considered setting up a council that would comprise officials responsible for making decisions (especially legislative ones), investors working in high-tech, and scientists,” Yanchevsky said.

The announcement was made after the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to several IT companies in Minsk on Monday.

According to the president’s aide, one of the major problems in IT sector is that the regulatory process is not always in sync with the rapid development of the sector in Belarus and in the world in general.

“Many countries face this problem. We need to adjust our laws to the sci-tech progress as fast as possible,” the president’s aide said.

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Russian investor Mikhail Gutseriyev (L), Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (C) and Belarus president’s aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky. Photo: BelTA

Belarus is ready to become an IT-country, Yanchevsky believes. He said that Belarus has all the preconditions for that – talented people and bright ideas – and has serious chances to become the regional IT leader.

It is time for the Belarusian IT sector to advance to a new level, the president’s aide said.

On Monday, 13 March, Alexander Lukashenko visited Minsk offices of Banuba Development and EXP Capital where he met with investors Viktor Prokopenya and Mikhail Gutseriyev.

The investors told the head of state about the performance of these companies and promising projects in augmented reality and artificial intellect.

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Viktor Prokopenya. Photo: BelTA

Viktor Prokopenya, one of the major Belarusian IT businessmen, is also confident about good prospects of the IT sphere in Belarus.

“I think today will enter history as the day of a big breakthrough in the development of IT in Belarus. President fully supported the idea of turning Belarus into an IT country. This process involves a big number of major changes in legislation and its improvement”, Prokopenya said.

According to him, businessmen expect the state to support the product model in IT and venture funds, create the necessary regulatory base, and support education.