Lukashenko urges need to re-energize Belarus' IT industry


It is necessary to give a new impetus to the development of the IT-industry, and this does not concern only residents of Belarus' Hi-Tech Park (HTP), Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss draft legal acts on the development of the HTP on 11 April, BelTA has learned.

“Last November we already discussed the work of our Hi-Tech Park, taking into account the current situation in Belarus. It is necessary to give a new impetus to the development of the industry, to provide the most favorable working conditions (we agreed on it) in the area. This should be done not only for HTP residents, but also for all domestic IT companies, in general, for all IT specialists,” the head of state stressed.

The president also set a goal to develop a product for the needs of the national economy and export. “The task is a difficult one. We, however, have not had easy tasks in the recent years,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“Today, our HTP, which has long been called ‘a paradise for programmers' and ‘the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe', is being strangled economically. Such attempts are being made,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

In this regard, the president said that the country was ready to respond to the situation, draw conclusions and generate appropriate solutions: “We are used to such challenges and respond to them with dignity. If they do not want to see us in one part of the world, we, naturally, go to the other.”

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