Development and building prospects of the territory of the High Tech Park were the subject of discussion at the meeting held by the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, on August 30.
The Park of High Technologies (PHT) was established in pursuance of Presidential Decree No 12 of September 22, 2005. The PHT administration statute was approved by the Decree of the Head of State of January 31, 2006. The Park’s areas of activities include elaboration, practical application of information and communication technologies and software in the republic and their exports. This important project is being launched under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
Opening the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko drew attention to the slow pace at which the Belarusian analogue of the well-known Silicon Valley is moving forward.
In his words, the officials in charge of the project are reporting “fantastic success in establishing the Park of High Technologies.” However, the President believes that the current situation in this regard should be analysed in a more deliberate and unbiased way, by examining alternative solutions. “I warn you against an arbitrary interpretation of successes in the work of the High Tech Park. Everything must be clear and predictable,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The President was proposed two architectural projects for the Park of High Technologies. The first project is estimated at €500 million. Developed in collaboration with foreign experts, the project envisages building manufacturing facilities, office premises, residential houses and social infrastructure facilities on the territory of roughly 550,000 square meters.
The territory for construction under the second project, which is estimated at €250 million, is 250,000 square meters.
Alexander Lukashenko highlighted the importance of having a wise business-plan. According to him, a tender must be held by the end of 2007 to pick a foreign private investor to build the Park of High Technologies. The relevant proposals should be propped up by accurate economic estimates.
All organisational activities should also be completed by the end of the year so that the construction could start in 2008.
The interests of the companies-residents of the Park, investors and the state should be met so as to make the co-operation beneficial for all sides.