10.11.2011 [News]

New Belarusian-Lithuanian cooperation project started

The project “Innovative cooperation network for economic development” will be implemented as part of the 2007-2013 European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and the transboundary cooperation program Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus. Representatives of the Lithuanian Center for Innovations, business communities of Lithuania (Vilnius, Kaunas, and Panevezys) and of Grodno, representatives of municipal authorities, the National Center for Technology Transfer, universities of Lithuania and Belarus, technological clusters and other bodies will take part in the project.

The project aims to encourage trans-border economic development of the bordering areas of Lithuania and Belarus via spreading innovations. In Grodno representatives of the interested parties have discussed the organization and possibility of taking action to support innovation efforts and promote modern technologies at the regional level, and also shared their experience in these issues.

The project is designed to run till April 2013. The budget exceeds €235,000, with 90% allocated by the European Union. There are plans to hold seminars to share the best innovative and business cooperation practices, business matchmaking sessions to promote manufacturing cooperation ties between developers of scientific and technical products and their potential customers in the transboundary territory of Lithuania and Belarus, a conference to discuss innovation activities.

As part of the project, Belarusian and Lithuanian colleagues will create a transnational educational community to train the so-called innovation mediators. A website will go online to disseminate results and achievements of the project.

It was noted at the seminar that the project would create new opportunities for cooperation between manufacturers and research institutions of Belarus and Lithuania. There are plans to step up cooperation in high-tech industries, to establish tighter partnership between Belarusian and Lithuanian organizations which promote innovations and business, to enhance relations between scientists and the production sector.

Source: NIP Belarus