Matvienko is concerned about the decline of trade turnover between Russia and Belarus

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The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko expressed concern about the drop in the trade turnover between Russia and Belarus; according to the speaker, it is necessary to actively develop cooperation in the sphere of innovative economy, to implement high-tech projects.

«Last year the trade turnover between Russia and Belarus decreased by 5%. And this trend is already not the first year. Although the results of the previous first quarter were encouraging, the overall situation is not such as we would like,» said Matvienko at the plenary meeting of the fourth interregional forum of the two countries.

The speaker noted that the global fall in commodity prices severely affected the financial situation of both countries, showed the vulnerability of our economies.

«Today, Russia and Belarus should focus on finding additional effective points of growth. It is necessary to strengthen cooperation not only in the traditional industries, but to develop new directions, special place among which is occupied by end-to-end technology and overall digital economy», — considers Matvienko.

She believes that one of the outcomes of the forum should be proposals for the organization of major interdisciplinary projects in the sphere of high technologies.

According to the Senator, the need for coherent innovation policy. Need to focus on strengthening protection of intellectual property rights.

«Special attention needs to work on further regulating the admission of foreign software on the market of our countries. Given the considerable successes of Belarusian and Russian programmers may want to think about establishing in the border regions of the cluster in the field of it-technologies», — said Matvienko.