Within the scope of pursuing the technology development policy within the country, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has launched the work of the Innovation Council, which is aimed to become an effective tool of cooperation among the Government, entrepreneurs and the scientific community, as well as a platform for the development of important decisions in this area. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has chaired a session of the Council.
"This mechanism should work properly," the Head of Government noted.
The participants of the meeting noted that about 3 thousand inventions, more than 7 thousand utility models and about 2 thousand utility patterns are registered every year in Ukraine. But only separate solutions find use and are converted into technology. And the problem exists that Ukrainian innovations remain mostly on paper or "immigrate" with those who invented them. At the same time, attempts to finance science fail to produce the desired effect, in particular because of the lack of capitalization process in this sector. Invention is patented, but its practical value is neither determined nor analyzed. No less important is the fact that Ukraine has huge imbalance in the number of higher educational institutions and vocational education and training institutions. The attendees emphasized, there are hundreds of universities, and there is lack of specialists "to be the shopfloor". Consequently, there is no progress towards practical usage of solutions, what needs to be changed.
Taking into account all the above, the Prime Minister reminded that this year Innovation and Startup Support Fund would start operating in Ukraine. Its budget makes up about UAH 50 million, and, according to estimates by the Cabinet of Ministers, this funding can cover about 80 most promising projects. Besides, the participants express a strong desire to help scientists - given the adoption of the necessary regulatory decisions aimed to improve the situation and allow all parties involved to cooperate in a more constructive manner.
On the outcomes of the meeting, Oleksandr Saienko, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers, was appointed coordinator of the work of the Innovations Council.
"I also propose to elaborate an operational plan of our activities to enable us to move forward month by month", the Head of Government summed up.