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INTRODUCTION

Gediminas Miškinis

Dr. Pranas Milius

HIGH-TECH DEVELOPMENT IN LITHUANIA

Knowledge economy development in Lithuania, which includes science and studies development, strengthening of industry competitiveness, provides for the possibility to get connected to the globalisation processes taking part in Europe. The driving force of globalisation processes is high-tech advancement.

Research and technology development successfully links science and industry in an attempt to create new competitive products, which could be presented at the world markets. Already existing and worldwide competitive high-tech production can be successfully developed in Lithuania by purposefully concentrating the funds and special efforts. Integration into European Research Area provides for the possibility to attract foreign investment in high-tech production and to create jobs for highly skilled specialists.

By acknowledging high-tech development as one of the priorities of Lithuanian economy, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania promotes implementation of new technological solutions in business, supports high-tech creation and implementation in priority areas. Kaunas University of Technology Innovation Centre with the support from the Ministry of Economy prepared Lithuanian high-tech catalogue "Lithuanian High-Tech Projects '2002" on the purpose to present current innovation creators potential to the international market.

New high-tech products created at Lithuanian enterprises and universities in recent years are presented in the catalogue. High-tech companies established by creative and skilful scientists and engineers work actively and efficiently. These enterprises have already managed to achieve a high level of science and industry integration. Innovations are being created and introduced in various industries: biotechnology, laser production, information technologies, measurement and control devices, electronics, bioenergetics etc.

We expect this catalogue to be useful for both Lithuanian and foreign companies and investors when searching for foreign markets, business partners and establishing useful business contacts.



Gediminas Miškinis

State Secretary of
the Ministry of Economy of
the Republic of Lithuania

Dr. Pranas Milius

Director of
Kaunas University of Technology
Innovation Centre