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Deputy Prime Minister: Scientific development requires certain future reward

by January 25, 2017 General

Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Imangali Tasmagambetov held a meeting focused on priority directions of scientific development in 2017-2020.

In todays world, all countries pay special attention to science as a strategically important area of human activity, the fundamental resource of the country, which largely provides its economic growth and competitiveness.

Increasing the countrys scientific potential depends on many factors, including the commercialization of scientific and technological activity. One of the main documents that regulate this process in Kazakhstan is the law On commercializing results of scientific and (or) scientific and technical activities. A range of promising and commercially viable projects has been already implemented.

We must clearly understand the number of projects we fund, how much time it will take and, most importantly, what reward will be in the future, I.Tasmagambetov said at the meeting.

There is a clear relation between the amount of funding, research effectiveness and introduction. But it directly depends on the financing and control mechanisms. Moreover, the scientist cannot successfully deal with both the science and promoting its results into production. Relevant agencies and experts should be involved in this. It is also necessary to create the experimental and industrial base which would test and subsequently implement the inventions.

Over the last 20 years, private investors all over the world invested in commercialization of our technologies over $370 million. To date, over $3.5 billion has been allocated for constructing the plants on Kazakhstan technologies on almost every continent, $4 billion-cost pure metals are produced annually, about a third in Kazakhstan, the rest is abroad, Director General of National Center on Complex Processing of Mineral Raw Materials of Kazakhstan Abdurasul Zharmenov noted.

Academic institutions and research personnel of Kazakhstan have great potential and can be the basis for a knowledge-based industry. This requires a close connection between science and industry, and the real economy should put tasks to scientists.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan