Over 90 participants from all over Belarus participated in an international conference titled “Development of the cluster system in Belarus: a look into the future” in Minsk.
The event gathered representatives of government agencies, as well as business, science and education communities. The Belarusian Ministry of Economy was represented by Deputy Minister Yury Chebotar. The conference was also attended by Marcin Wojciechowski, deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Belarus.
“Today’s discussion did not answer the question whether it is worth creating clusters, but what to do to achieve the best results,” said Sebastian Rynkiewicz (Metal Processing Cluster coordinator), an expert presenting Poland’s experience in setting up clusters. He also pointed out a major shift in thinking and the determination to act at the meeting compared to the approach of regional seminars in October.
Tatsiana Bykava, director of the Republican Foundation for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, examined current trends and growth opportunities of Belarusian clusters based on Polish and German experiences. Dzmitry Krupski, Head of the Innovation Department at the Ministry of Economy of Belarus, gave an overview of the ministry’s activity in the field of cluster development in 2014-2018.
The presentation of clusters operating presently in Belarus showed the opportunities for their further growth based on various support instruments – both financial as well as staff training instruments offered to not only cluster management personnel, but also to the institutions and enterprises that make up the clusters themselves.
The conference was organized as part of the project “Implementation of the Cluster System in Belarus” implemented by the Podlasie Regional Development Foundation under Polish Aid development cooperation programme.