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25 Jan 2016

Belarus, South Korea discuss cooperation in ICT, robotics

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – Belarus and South Korea have discussed prospects of cooperation in robotics and information and communication technologies, BelTA learned from the pres service of the Belarusian State Science and Technology Committee (SSTC).

“SSTC Chairman Alexander Shumilin and Chairman of the Science Policy Committee at the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning Lee Sin-Doo discussed promising areas of cooperation in science, technology, and innovations, including in such fields as robotics, medical device engineering, physics, light-emitting diodes, and ICT on 25 January,” the press service said.

Besides, the parties talked over the organization of the next meeting of the joint Belarusian-Korean working group on science and technology in 2016, and over possible forms of bilateral cooperation, including between the scientists of the two countries. “In 2013-2015 Belarusian and Korean scientists jointly conducted five projects in engineering, medicine and pharmaceutics, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and Earth sciences. The total of Br825 million was spent on the projects,” the press service pointed out.

One of the projects resulted in a contract with the German company BASF. The results of other projects can be used to produce pharmaceuticals, develop new alloy casting technologies, manufacture composite materials and materials for spintronic devices.

The Belarusian-Korean cooperation in science and technology is regulated by the intergovernmental agreement on economic, scientific, and technical cooperation signed in Seoul on 17 May 2004, the memorandum of understanding between the SSTC, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of South Korea on industrial, scientific and technical cooperation of 20 April 2004, the memorandum of understating between the SSTC and Korea Institute of Industrial Technology signed in Minsk on 24 April 2009, and the memorandum of understanding between the SSTC and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology of South Korea on cooperation in science and technology concluded in Seoul on 3 December 2008.

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