21 September 2017, Thursday, 4:19

Drone for Lukashenka

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The dictator is preparing a decree on "IT specialists".

Salidarnasts figured out what people applauded to and what they criticize.

As tut.by reports, the draft decree has already been prepared and is being approved by the state authorities. What is so interesting about it?

First, the authorities want to make the work of the companies of the High-Tech Park (HTP) easier: it will become easier to register in the Park, they plan to weaken currency control and to expand the list of activities of HTP residents.

Secondly, it is planned to create a legal framework in Belarus for the development of such know-hows, as drones, blockchains and crypto-currency.

Thirdly, officials are going to simplify entry procedure for qualified foreigners - in particular, they will be issued long-term start-up visas.

And, finally, fourthly, the decree introduces "separate institutes of English law" to stimulate investment activity, which looks like a real fiction for the Belarusian reality.

What makes one take the document seriously is that it is actively supported by the well-known Belarusian businessperson Viktar Prakapenia, who together with a major Russian oligarch Mikhail Gutseriev met with Aliaksandr Lukashenka and discussed prospects for the development of the IT sphere in Belarus.

– The HTP administration carried out a huge work in the shortest possible time: they gathered opinions from everyone who had any and who had a desire to express it, – he wrote on his page in Facebook. – The best team that, in my opinion, could be collected in the country, worked on the document. As a result, more than 50 pages of very high-quality legal tools, a beautiful solution of the problems identified by IT companies. After reading the decree, the lawyers expressed no other emotions except "WOW!" or other variations of obscene vocabulary to express enthusiasm. Very interesting, what the result will be.

The well-known economist Leanid Zaika skeptically assessed the prospect of creating a paradise for IT specialists in Belarus.

– Drones? Evidently, Aliaksandr Ryhoravich wants to observe the fields, sitting in his office, – he remarked.

The interlocutor believes that the revolutionary measures, referred to in the document, should have been taken long ago.

– It always surprises me how the Belarusian authorities are twenty years behind in everything. In intellectual insight. I'll tell you a wonderful thing: IT is geared to yesterday. All this should have been started long time ago. And now more powerful things are developing, such as 3D technologies and robotics, – Leanid Zaika said.

At the same time, the economist believes that Belarus is still clinging to its Soviet hangover, while the whole world is turning to the knowledge-driven economy:

– And this is a problem. All these seeders, winnowers, furniture factories with sawdust - it is generally the shame and disgrace. In general, these words should be banned. Education and intelligence should stand in the first place. And they want to use IT to shut some holes in the budget.

Well, IT-specialists will buy one more Porsche Cayenne while the country lives a completely different life. Business is dyeing, young people are leaving - and who will be doing everything? Who? Former water engineers or agronomists? The country needs a radical revolutionary change of the current nomenclature. Only then some changes are possible.