President-elect of Chile, Gabriel BorekOn Monday, he confirmed his campaign’s commitment to moving from “0.34% to 1%” of the GDP budget allocated to science.
Borek made these announcements while participating in the opening of the eleventh session of the Future Congress, an event that takes place every year in Chile, where figures from the scientific and humanitarian field talk about the problems and perspectives of transformation in the face of the transformations the world is going through.
“As a government, we are committed to spending 0.34% to 1% of the budget (by GDP) on science, because building a better future for boys and girls is not only a commitment, but also an opportunity to build a better country.”It was stated at the opening of the forum, which was also attended by the current president Sebastian Pinera.
With regard to his team of ministers, Borek avoids predicting names But he confirmed that the cast that will accompany him when he arrives at La Moneda Palace He will seek to maintain a balance between the sectors that supported him in the campaign and the various regions of the country, which apart from having a common feature that expresses a generational change in leadership, with an average age of 45 years.
He responded on Monday when asked about his future aides: “We’re adjusting the details. I wouldn’t expect the names or types of balances we’ll have, but they will already be this week.”
Another feature he mentioned about the profile he shows to his cabinet is that the men and women who make up it “can carry out the project that led us to win the elections”, though he admitted that he knew “that the challenge is the union in Chile”.
He pointed out that “we have to work under a joint direction and not for every ministry to be an island,” noting that the desired balance will be expressed in the names of the undersecretaries of the ministry.
Although he didn’t want to comment on the party makeup of his team of collaborators, it turned out Ministerial staff consists of independent leaders, of all Chilean regions – Borek himself belongs to the Magallanes region in the south – and of course, from the young.
On the increase in the budget allocated to science, the president-elect confirmed that “Knowledge will be the copper of the twenty-first century” To then assure that his government will deliver on what it promised in the campaign, so that “of this current 0.34%” will go “to 1%” of GDP.
One of the event’s organizers, Senator Guido Girardi (Party of Democracy, center left), who is also a speaker at the opening ceremony, took the opportunity to ask Borek that he is the new president. Bringing Chile out of the twentieth century. He noted that for this it was necessary to allocate “at least one point of the product” to science.
“We have your commitment and we are confident that the future government will promote the development of this wonderful land that can provide energy for the entire planet,” the legislator added.
After the science finance chapter, what’s left for Borek is to finish the suspense and finally introduce his team of collaborators.
Poor investment in Argentina
On the other side of the mountain range Argentina For the same goal, allocate 1% of GDP But for the year 2032. The latest available investment data for 2020, when the government invested 0.25% of GDP.
The government plans to increase investment through the National Science, Technology and Innovation System Funding Act. In this way, the investment It will grow annually according to minimum percentages: 0.31% in 2022; 0.34% in 2023; 0.39% in 2024; 0.45% in 2025; 0.52% in 2026; 0.59% in 2027; 0.68% in 2028; 0.78% in 2029; 0.90% in 2030; 0.95% in 2031; 1% in 2032.
The global average spending on research and development is around 2274%, with data from 2017 and 2018.
The countries that invest most in research and development are:
- Israel: 4.95%
- South Korea: 4.81%
- Switzerland: 3.37%
- Sweden: 3.34%
- Japan: 3.26%
- Austria: 3.17%
- Germany: 3.09%
- Denmark: 3.06%
- United States: 2.84%
- Belgium: 2.82%