By Yelena Stasyukevich
The Innovative Co-operation Network for Economic Development is being realised as part of the 2007-2013 European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus cross-border co-operation programme. It involves representatives of the Lithuanian Centre for Innovations, business circles of Lithuania and Grodno city, and those from municipal authorities, the Republican Technology Transfer Centre and universities and techno-parks from Lithuania and Belarus.
The project aims to stimulate the trans-boundary economic development of Lithuanian and Belarusian border areas by spreading innovations. Interested parties have discussed possible avenues in the sphere of innovative support and the promotion of contemporary technologies at a regional level, including the sharing of experience.
The project is to conclude in April 2013, with workshops conducted to share experience of innovative and business interaction, and business matching sessions to develop co-operative ties between sci-tech producers and potential consumers on the border areas of Lithuania and Belarus. A conference to tackle issues of innovative development is also to be held.
Belarusian and Lithuanian colleagues are to create a transnational educational community to prepare innovative intermediaries, while a website will promote the achievements of the project.