Visit to NASB testing area
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko visited the testing area of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) on 5 May.
During the visit the head of state got familiar with electric transport developments of Belarusian scientists.
“The work of the Academy of Sciences needs a serious overhaul. It is not easy, though. These are really smart, talented people. We need to look into the main areas of the Academy’s activities, to see how our decisions are implemented,” the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that he decided to get familiar with electric transport developments. “I wanted to see how far you have advanced and how much the words correspond to deeds," the Belarusian leader said.
The expected electricity surplus in the country and low environmental footprint are the main reasons for developing electric transport in the country, the President said.
In general, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that science should be actively involved in the country’s development within the next five years, given the growing level of technological competition in the world. “We need to survive in this tough competition to remain as a nation and to keep this piece of land we live on,” the President said.
Belarusian companies will focus on the production of component parts for electric transport, which the country lacks, the President said as he visited the enterprise.
The head of state was reported that Belarus has started producing many necessary components but this is not enough.
Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed to deal with this issue in a comprehensive way. “You have to determine who is going to make batteries, engines and so on. The enterprise will refocus their operations. We need prototypes that you will design. Then we will need to explore the markets," the President said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I am impressed. Even very impressed. I didn’t expect they would be able to accomplish all of that within such a short period of time.”
Yet according to the President it is too early to talk about serious, breakthrough accomplishments in the sphere of electric transport production. For now the head of state was only made familiar with how the scientists had accomplished the tasks he had given previously. “We will talk about results of their work more specifically later on,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted. “In order to evaluate them properly, we will have to see whether they [Belarusian R&D products] live up to world standards and what prospects are available. I mean we are not making some toy, but a product that will have to sell and will have to earn foreign currency.”