The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, chaired the 10th meeting of the Federal Experience Exchange Course organized by the Under Secretary of the Consortium for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSFCTI) at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCyT) by Elisa Colombo, jointly with the Federal Council for Science and Technology (COFECyT).
During the meeting, Vilmus highlighted the importance of the federalization of science and technology and public-private expression in this regard. The Minister noted “the urgent need for the federalization of science, technology and innovation because the disparity between provinces in our country is very large. We seek that science and technology influence the length and breadth of the country. An organic and more efficient communication between the public sector and the private sector is essential to the development of local economies aimed at Providing solutions to economic and social problems. In this sense, by enacting laws to finance the national system for science, technology, innovation and knowledge economy, we are in a better position to carry out this task.”
Filmus concluded that “the crisis of the neoliberal paradigm and the crisis of the pandemic have hit us hard and the only way out is the contribution of knowledge of science and technology within the framework of a productive matrix with an environmental and sustainable development perspective and with gender equality., which allows the benefits to be distributed to all.”
The meeting was also presented by the Secretary for Planning and Policy in Science, Technology and Innovation, Diego Hurtado. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Province of Buenos Aires, Federico Aguero and Technical Director of the Obispo Colombres Agricultural Experimental Station (EEAOC) in the Province of Tucumán, Leonardo Blober.
Hurtado explained in his presentation the case for private investment in science and technology and noted that the challenge is to involve the private sector from the state. For this, Hurtado gave as an example, among others, the Argentine Sector Fund (FONARSEC) of the National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development and Innovation (R + D + i Agency). FONARSEC seeks to strengthen the link between the scientific and technological sector with the productive social sector in order to contribute to the solution of social and economic problems.
For his part, Aguero spoke about Buenos Aires Province’s experience in selecting projects for the Call for Federal Innovation Projects (PFI 2021) from COFECyT. There, Agüero talked about how they directed the financing according to the definition of the regional strategic areas which, in the case of Buenos Aires, were intended to solve problems related to science, technology and innovation in the restored companies.
Finally, in his presentation, Blober told the story of the Obispo Colombres Agroindustrial Experimental Station, which is dependent on the Ministry of Productive Development of the Tucumán government and whose mission, since its inception in 1909, has been to support the technological leadership of early agricultural production in the province.