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Belarus, China to develop municipal emergency management system

18 January 2013

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus and China will develop smart solutions for municipal emergency management, BelTA learnt from Spokesman for the State Committee for Science and Technology Yuri Lukashevich.

The project was included in the 2013-2014 sci-tech cooperation program of the two countries. The project will be run by OAO Agat and Jinan University, Guangdong Province. They have already signed a protocol on joint research activities.

A total of 17 projects were included in the sci-tech cooperation program of Belarus and China, including projects to design a UIIP-INSPUR supercomputer, develop new types of wear-proof diamond-type coating, technologies to produce new bio-materials (biodegradable food packaging), technologies and equipment to restore (“rejuvenate”) bituminous concrete pavement.

The two countries have plans to develop technologies to manufacture new materials (non-retentive metal materials, products from polytetrafluoroethylene for the mechanical engineering industry, shock resistant composite materials from polymer raw materials). The parties will come up with a resource-saving technology to make protective and positioning items from polytetrafluoroethylene for the mechanical engineering industry. A joint venture will be responsible for commercializing the technologies. The research will be conducted by the Belarusian State Technical University and the Belarus-China Technopark in Changchun.

The first Belarusian-Chinese seminar on industrial and sci-tech cooperation is taking place in Minsk on 18 January. Chief for international sci-tech cooperation of the State Committee for Science and Technology Alexander Gerasimov said that centralized management of joint projects of Belarus and China does not allow involving a wider range of research facilities and companies of China.

Therefore, a decision was made to expand cooperation with Chinese provinces. “The State Committee for Science and Technology signed sci-tech cooperation agreements with several Chinese provinces, including Shandong, Henan, Jilin, and Heilongjiang. A sci-tech cooperation agreement with Guangdong Province was signed in Minsk in July 2010.

The bilateral cooperation in science and technology goes beyond implementation of joint research projects. The priority is now given to commercialization of joint technologies and their assimilation by industries of the two countries. To this end, the Belarus-China Technopark in Changchun was set up. The major objective of the park is to commercialize advanced Belarusian technologies by setting up joint production facilities.

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