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Putin to discuss technology development strategy at Science Council session

November 23, 2016, 2:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"The availability of own advanced technologies is a key factor to sovereignty and security of the state and to the competitiveness of Russian companies", Putin said
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MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to chair a meeting of the Council for Science and Education that will consider a draft strategy for development of science and technologies in Russia, the Kremlin press service said.

"President Putin issued an instruction for drafting the strategy in July 2015," the press service recalled.

"The Ministry of Science and Education was responsible for the job on the part of the government while the Center for Strategic Developments foundation provided the analytical backup," the press release said.

"Researchers, business executives, experts from innovative development institutes, specialists from civil society, and government officials contributed to the drafting process," it said.

More than 200 members of the expert community helped develop the document.

"The Council for Science and Education gave the go-ahead to the concept and submitted it to the government," the report said.

The Council discussed its drafting on a number of occasions but President Putin said at a session in January 2016 it was to be ready some time during the autumn.

"We must finalize the long-term strategy by this coming autumn," he said. ‘Simultaneously, well-specified practical instruments for its implementation should be devised, too, in order to help take account of the global tendencies and challenges and to offer up-to-the-point reactions to the demands that society and the economy make for novel technologies, scientific knowledge, and educational competences."

"The task has a momentous character, as the availability of own advanced technologies is a key factor to sovereignty and security of the state and to the competitiveness of Russian companies, as well as an important prerequisite for economic growth and for the raising of people’s living standards," Putin said.

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