President Meets with Valery Tsepkalo to Receive His Report

15 November 2010

On November 15, 2010 President Alexander Lukashenko met with Valery Tsepkalo, Director of the Administration of Belarus Hi-Tech Park, to receive his report on the Hi-Tech Park performance within the 9 months of 2010.

The President was informed on the positive dynamics of the HTP development. The software sales revenue increased by 140% in comparison with the same period of 2009. The major part of the production – about 80 % - just as it used to be, is accounted for by exports. During the 9 months of 2010 more than 800 new jobs were created. These are jobs for highly qualified engineering personnel which secures the growth of exports of the developed software.

According to Valery Tsepkalo currently the volume of HTP software exports 12 times exceeds that of the whole country in 2005.

Unlike other CIS and CEE countries a real software developing industry emerged in Belarus. It is independent, technology intensive, and possesses the power to take its place in the world labor specialization.

Valery Tsepkalo stated that the main source of HTP development is the strong cooperation with the system of education and its updating. According to HTP Director, the education system should be more tailored to the needs of the Belarusian economy, especially to the hi-tech industry. Herewith the Hi-Tech Park is not concentrated only on cooperation with universities. Thus in the beginning of November the Education Center of HTP was registered, which will handle training and retraining of people wanting to find a job in the Hi-Tech Park.

In January 2011 the Belarusian-Indian E-Learning Center is to be inaugurated. The Center will host training and advanced training of IT-specialists of HTP resident-companies, teachers of the technical universities, as well as training of IT-managers for enterprises.