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State authorities should support innovative sector more actively

October 26, 2011, 13:38 UTC+3
RUSNANO chief Anatoly Chubais noted that “the task of the state authorities is not to replace private business, but to help it”
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MOSCOW, October 26 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian state authorities should support the innovations actively not only in material terms, but also providing comfortable conditions for the development and introduction of new technologies, President of the Skolkovo Foundation Viktor Vekselberg said at the International Forum of Nanotechnologies on Wednesday.

“We are indirectly aware that developed countries allocate about 4-5% of GDP for the development of high technologies, but we allocate only about two percent of GDP that is obviously insufficient,” he noted. “The money is an important instrument of state support, but not the only one,” Vekselberg pointed out. He elaborated that the state authorities can support the nanoindustry thanks to regulating measures, state order, standards and etc.

The Skolkovo Foundation president noted that in the implementation of high-technological projects “it is important that the industry, in which they are introduced, provides comfortable conditions for businesspeople, scientists and researchers and they do not seek to realize their ideas abroad, but work in our country.”

RUSNANO chief Anatoly Chubais noted that “the task of the state authorities is not to replace private business, but to help it.” “The state control over innovative institutes should differ absolutely from an ordinary state control,” he pointed out. Chubais elaborated that each venture project is fraught with very high risks. In case of the total state control we will just get intimidated officials and intimidated business, which will not be able to realize anything seeking for the targets to be fulfilled and all standards to be observed. Meanwhile, the RUSNANO chief emphasized that he realized during his work in the corporation that “Russian innovative business can bring real revenues.”

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