Lukashenka urges CIS countries to intensify IT cooperation


Alyaksandr Lukashenka called on the CIS member states to intensify cooperation in the sphere of information technologies while speaking at a forum on information and communication technologies in Minsk on Thursday.

The Belarusian leader emphasized the need to step up cooperation within the post-Soviet bloc in fighting cybercrime and preventing and managing natural and man-made disasters, according to the presidential press office.

“Possessing a highly-organized system of fighting these challenges on the national level, the CIS countries could make a good contribution to the establishment and development of appropriate interstate contacts,” Mr. Lukashenka was quoted as saying.

He spoke for the adoption of a uniform list of basic and the most important electronic services within the bloc and called for the creation of a CIS-wide system to monitor the “development of information society on the basis of uniform indicators.”

The Belarusian leader reportedly described an increase in the share of information and other high technologies in the Gross Domestic Product as a priority task for all CIS countries and pointed to the importance of private investment in this sphere.

Mr. Lukashenka described the forum as a good opportunity for “drawing extra resources for the implementation of projects in the sphere of information technologies,” the press office said.

The leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also made speeches at the forum to describe the development of the Central Asian countries’ IT sectors.

The five-day forum, which opened on November 23, also has been attended by representatives of the International Telecommunication Union, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, as well as government officials representing CIS states, Georgia and other countries. //BelaPAN