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    SCIENCE AND EDUCATION MINISTER SEES SPACE, NUCLEAR AND BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGIES AS PRIORITY FOR RUSSIA

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    MOSCOW, APRIL 6 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Of priority importance for Russia is the development of space, nuclear and biological technologies, the power engineering industry and research instrument making, Russian Science and Education Minister Andrei Fursenko told journalists on Tuesday. He was speaking after the conference Competitiveness and Modernization of Economy.

    The Science and Education Ministry will further develop the innovation infrastructure, for instance centers of transfer technologies and venture fairs, Fursenko said.

    He links special hopes to the creation of technoparks, technology-introduction and innovatory zones within special economic zones. The law on creating special economic zones is now in discussion by the cabinet.

    According to the minister, the state is obliged to say what sectors will be in need of specialists in five to ten years to come.

    "The state's foremost goal is a trustworthy forecast of what will be in demand on the market. The market and market expectations are to be built up. It is to be said who will be in demand and with what material security in five to ten years to come," Fursenko said. In his opinion, his ministry will be the customer of such an analysis. Big business will also become part of such work, he is sure.

    "Your people are to know what economic sector will boom after five to ten years. This will influence their choice," Fursenko believes.

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