50 years of the establishment of the International Center for Scientific and Technical Information: the main directions of cooperation
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The International Centre for Scientific and Technical Information is an International organization (ICSTI), which was established on February 27th, 1969 under the provisions of an Intergovernmental Agreement on the Establishment of the International Centre for Scientific and Technical Information. 22 states are members of the ICSTI: Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Cuba, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Estonia, Georgia, Republic of Hungary, Republic of India, Republic of Kazakhstan, Democratic People`s Republic of  Korea, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Republic of Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Republic of South Africa, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam. The Republic of Moldova was accepted as a member country of ICSTI in 1993.

The main objective of ICSTI is to provide information, analytical, consultative and organizational support to international cooperation in fields of science, technologies and business.

The ICSTI supreme governing body is the Committee of Plenipotentiary Representatives (CPR), consisting of Plenipotentiary Representatives appointed by Governments of respective ICSTI member states. ICSTI day to day activities are managed by the Director and his deputies. On behalf of the Republic of Moldova, the Plenipotentiary Representative is currently the Director of the National Institute for Economic Research, correspondent member of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova.

The ICSTI committee meets at least once per year in accordance with the work plan approved by it. On September 19-20, 2018, at the 69th Meeting of the Committee of Plenipotentiary Representatives of the ICSTI Member States which took place in Minsk, where the General Director Ugrinovich E.V. reported on the work done during the year. During that event there were discussed the priorities and the development process of national systems of scientific and technical information and IT of the ICSTI member states. At that meeting, there was presented information on “The situation of the scientific and technical information field in the Republic of Moldova” and “The information on the provision of education and science in the Republic of Moldova”.  By the new ICSTI Scientific Council was approved the candidate of Mrs. Natalia Perchinski as a member, and the candidate of Mrs. Natalia Guslikova as a  member of   INCSTI group on science, innovations.

The International Center for Scientific and Technical Information in accordance with the ICSTI Statute performs the tasks assigned to it together with the interested bodies of national information systems and individual scientists and specialists of the member states based on contracts and cooperation agreements.

On base of copyright material received from the ICSTI community countries, an information and analytical compendium entitled it was elaborated “The Situation of National Innovation Systems”.  This is the first edition in the cycle of collections on “Innovative processes in the countries of the ICSTI community”. Its appearance is due to the intensification of ICSTI activity aimed at information, organizational and consulting support for innovative processes. The collection contains materials from the ICSTI member countries such as: the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Romania, Ukraine, the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic, prepared by the Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship of the Czech Republic which is the ICSTI long-term partner.  The main attention is paid to the problems and trends in the development of national innovation systems (NIS) in the ICSTI countries. From the initial concentration of attention exclusively on science and technology, as the main factors determining the environment in which innovative entrepreneurial companies operate, NIS started to be considered as a system.

The second edition was elaborated as a part of the Collection “Innovative processes in the ICSTI Community countries”, which is actually an information and analytical compendium on “Environmental problems and ways to solve them”. The handbook contains analytical materials and research results of specialists from the public administration, scientific, educational and innovative organizations specializing in the field of ecology and environmental protection from the ICSTI member countries and other countries: the Azerbaijan Republic, Belarus, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Georgia, Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Romania, Ukraine, the Republic of South Africa and the Italian Republic. The collection is formed as separate sections by country. In 2011, it was published the next edition of the cycle   - the international informational and analytical compendium "Problems of obtaining clean water and innovative solutions".

The international informational and analytical compendium on "Problems of modern applied materials science" was the next edition of the cycle "Innovative processes in the countries of the ICSTI community". The relevance of the collection’s topics is undoubted, since modern materials science, being an interdisciplinary science, is designed to ensure scientific and technical progress and sustainable development of the national economy through the introduction of new high-quality materials of increased operational reliability, contributing to the growth and increase in the intensity of energy-saving technologies, expansion of the raw material base, and with improved features. The collection, formed as separate sections by country, presents analytical materials and research results in the field of materials science of specialists from the ICSTI member countries and its partners (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, South Africa, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) : scientific, educational and innovation organizations specializing in materials science.

In May 2013 was published the informational and analytical compendium entitled “Problems of the AIC in the ICSTI Community Countries and Innovative Solutions to their Solutions”. The content of the collection is focused on researching of problems and identification of theoretical and practical developments in the field of agriculture in ICSTI member countries and partner countries, monitoring and evaluation of their contribution to solving these problems. In the collection are inserted results and research and development, educational, organizational, and structural of innovation field from such countries as: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Romania, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

From April, 2006 till now it has been publishing the ICSTI international journal “Information and Innovations”. The main tasks of this journal are to inform about the processes occurring in the scientific, technical and innovation fields of ICSTI member states and other countries, in order to promote the development of entrepreneurial and innovative technological activity, to form sustainable international relations and to expand cooperation between ICSTI member states and interested partners. The journal analyzes the problems of national systems of scientific and technical information and national innovation systems, as well as their interaction, global trends in the development of innovative processes, focuses on small and medium-sized innovative business and information support to promote innovative projects, technologies and products to the markets. Among the authors of the articles in this journal are the leaders and employees of the Research Institute of Economic Research: Stratan A., Guslikova N., Perchinskaya N., Bordian E, Zasmenko T. and others.

We, sincerely, congratulate the stuff of INCSTI with this beautiful anniversary and with the successful launch of the ICSTI project in order to create an international platform of open access to scientific and technical information and the highest achievements in all their activities.

Best wishes from:  Mr. Alexander Stratan, acad. Membr. of ASM, professor, director of the NIER, Mrs. Lilia Ghitiu,  PhD, associate prof., Head of Public Relations, International Cooperation and Technology Transfer Department,  Mrs. Natalia Guslikova, scientific researcher.