The sci-tech complex is one of the most important factors of the investment attractiveness of Gomel oblast.
Today the sci-tech potential of Gomel oblast yields only to the republic’s capital – Minsk. Gomel oblast numbers 3 institutes of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, 8 higher educational establishments, 6 of which are universities, over 20 industrial scientific and planning institutes, special design and design-technological bureaus.
Gomel possesses regional departments of the Belarusian engineer and engineer-technological academies, the Belarusian scientific-industrial union, the Belarusian community of inventors and rationalizers.
The amount of workers involved in the research and projects reaches almost 3,000 people. On the whole Gomel oblast includes about 130 Doctors of Science and 1,100 candidates of science including 2 academicians and 12 corresponding members of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
Some 85% of the research and projects are worked out at the application level.
The development of the innovation activity is of great importance for the region. Innovations are considered as the main factor promoting the competitiveness of the economy.
At present Gomel oblast is creating objects of the innovation infrastructure in the town of Gomel. In 2004 Gomel set up a regional department of the republican center of technologies’ transfer, and in 2005 will create a technological park and innovation center.
A technological park and innovation center are planned to create in the free economic zone Gomel-Raton what should, first of all, render additional benefits for the residents of the technological park and, secondly, become an additional impetus for the technological development of the free economic zone.