Time to train IT industry staff

IT Academy to be established at Belarus’ High-Tech Park by late 2011

By Yevgenia Krotova

The Director of the HTP Administration, Valery Tsepkalo, explains, “The project of establishing an IT Academy — or a new educational centre — is to be completed by January 1st, 2012.” It will enhance the HTP’s training of IT industry staff. Simultaneously, a business incubator is being set up — ready by next summer; here, young programmers will be able to implement their most promising business projects.

Mr. Tsepkalo adds that the High-Tech Park is to be extended, “Previously, our building plans were implemented by a single major investor. However, we now have several, enabling us to build the Park more quickly. Funds are forthcoming from the HTP Administration, our two resident companies, the Minsk City Executive Committee and a foreign firm.”

The High-Tech Park was established five years ago with a view to creating favourable conditions for improving the competitiveness of Belarusian economic branches, using new, high-tech innovations. Today, 94 resident companies work at the Park, realising projects in banking, telecommunications, oil, gas and other spheres, including the creation of a CIS e-government. Exports of HTP software have been growing steadily since 2005, standing at around 80 percent at present. Among the HTP customers are companies from 45 countries.

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