Belarus’ Goal: Become Europe’s Silicon Valley
On September 22, 2005 the President of Belarus signed the Decree “On the Hi-Tech Park”. The Decree aimed to boost the competitive power of the nations new and high technology-based sectors by developing modern technologies, expanding their exports, and attracting international technologies.
- Minsk is meant to be the hub of this strategic plan
- Belarusian government actively supports IT based organizations and has established two key state-run projects:
- Belarus Hi-Tech Park (www.park.by).
Belarusian “Silicon Valley” government association/institution, membership of which provides attractive tax incentives + government lobby + PR at a country level
- IT Strana (www.it-strana.by).
State-run educational program to build a large pool of IT specialists
By 2015 the goal is to have 300,000 IT specialists
Belarus' Information Technology Climate
- One of the most technically advanced republics in former Soviet Union – was focused on USSR’s civil and military software development needs. As a result, an excellent technical education system has developed in Minsk.
- Till present Belarus develops software for the military: mobile robots, artificial intellect, neuron nets, heuristic data analysis, self-learning systems, distributed computing nets, and other hi-tech solutions.
- Belarus has preserved their unique technical education which is strongly supported by the government, making Belarus one of the world’s leading providers of highly qualified IT specialists year on year.
- Belarus provides IT specialists with qualification and experience levels superior to its international competitors with significant international awards and recognition.
Politics & Economics of Belarus
- Small, centralized country with 9.6 m population
- Capital: Minsk with 1.9 m people
- Major languages: Belarusian & Russian
- Monetary unit: Belarusian ruble (BYR)
- Soviet-style, state-controlled economy with GDP (PPP) per capita double that of Ukraine but 2.6 times less of the European Union
- Soft-authoritarian presidential republic (no political buzz, no political forces competing at high level) with Alexander Lukashenko being the president since 1994 (constantly elected by the majority of the population)
- Very stable with low country risks
Top names outsourcing to Belarus:
Country’s official website: www.belarus.by/en/
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