Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the NASB Presidium, noted in his welcoming speech that the forum was a result of the recent invigoration of the activities pursued by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in association with partners from the People's Republic of China. “During the forum we are going to discuss a number of most important avenues and mechanisms, which will serve further expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation between Belarusian and Chinese organizations. We will discuss the issues of development of cooperation in the area of new materials and technologies, energy saving technologies, food industry, agriculture, civil engineering technologies, etc. Belarusian and Chinese organizations have picked out these areas as priority ones for the consequent implementation of joint scientific and technical projects,” he stated. Vladimir Gusakov also emphasized that "the Belarusian-Chinese scientific and technical forum, which is held in the year, declared the Year of Science in Belarus, will be an important stage in the development of scientific and innovative cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the People's Republic of China, and it will ensure the formation of new mutually beneficial programs and projects in advanced fields of science and technology."
The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus attaches particular importance to cooperation with the People's Republic of China, which is a country with enormous scientific and economic potential. The Republic of Belarus has developed strong strategic relations with it in all areas. For the purposes of fruitful cooperation, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus have signed a number of contractual documents with Chinese partners. Joint research centers and centers for transfer of technologies of Belarusian and Chinese scientific organizations have been created and function successfully.
The first Belarusian-Chinese science and technology forum was held in Minsk in October 2015. Such form of interaction between Belarusian and Chinese partners is becoming traditional. Scientists and specialists from Belarus and China every year consider a wide range of issues on expanding scientific and innovative cooperation. The next forum is to be held in Harbin.