Belarus can enter the world rating of countries with advanced electronics
A group of Belarusian private companies, including Promwad, has initiated the development of a national strategy for the electronics industry acceleration to bring the country to the world level. The leading Belarusian portal TUT.BY published an article with the analysis of this initiative.
A year ago, at Hardware Congress 2.0, its participants, for the first time, discussed the need to develop this strategy. Roman Pakholkov, Promwad founder and chairman of the board of directors, shared his thoughts: “A while ago I was able to formulate my mission. I want Belarus to become a country with cool electronics. My goal is to help accelerate as many companies as possible in this industry. As a business, we should be socially responsible. We can invest our money and time to the success of the sector.”
A serious effort to the strategy development began in 2019 with the support of the "Innovative Instrument Engineering" Association, which includes the industry's leading companies, including Promwad. Since the electronics design potential has not been fully realized, the main goal of the strategy is to serve as an incentive for the development of hi-tech companies, as well as involving more people in R&D activities.
The ambiguous nature of the Belarusian instrumentation industry is that its players are world-leading in their niches, whereas in Belarus, they are almost unknown. Few people have heard of devices created in Belarus, which determine the authenticity of more than 2 million passports of the world countries, including the USA and EU.
According to the Association, Belarus has about 150 instrumentation enterprises. Many of them create solutions that allow getting the status of "niche champions". The strategy aims at increasing this number, thus to get the opportunity of developing innovative and competitive products for the world electronics market.
The Association will soon begin conducting the research, the purpose of which is to collect data on the engineering companies' activity to determine their achievements, risks, and potential. Besides, there are plans of active cooperation with experts on cluster development in the World Bank program, and getting recommendations from countries with successful innovation policies, such as Estonia, Israel, and Finland.
One of the critical resources of strategy implementation is human capital. Belarus has quite a decent human resource potential, which the Association is planning to develop. Particular emphasis is put on attracting investment in the development of basic science from both large private companies and the government.
Another factor contributing to the development of the industry is the inclusion of business in the process of educating young specialists. Nevertheless, the problem of brain drain is still relevant for Belarus. "I talked to engineers and specialists from our industry. The overall picture is as follows: the question they are asked: "Is it worth staying here, or is it better to pack up things and go to America and Europe? They need confidence in the future. They want to understand that Belarusian companies will develop, and implement projects on the cutting edge of modern technologies, not "second hand" projects. A single company cannot meet the needs of all specialists. Those kinds of issues can be solved only within the Association and within the framework of its strategy," says Roman Pakholkov.
According to Roman, Belarusian engineers today have better conditions than their European counterparts in terms of business and competition in the labor market. "So let's create conditions for mature and aspiring engineers at home so that they can work, develop, and gain recognition at the global level in Belarusian companies.”
How does the Association offer start-ups and successful companies the opportunity to overcome obstacles to industry development, such as the need for expensive means of production?
Members of the Association have created a technological atlas including all the necessary information about equipment and its suppliers. Such cooperation is mutually beneficial both for young companies and equipment owners.
We are currently watching the formation of a solid foundation for the transformation of the entire industry, which will transform constraints into new opportunities.
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