With a fund of U.S. $ 1 million, the governments of Uruguay and Mexico to promote projects of technical and scientific cooperation as a way to advance South-South cooperation in the region.
Signed in Uruguay (28 January) by the foreign ministers of both countries, this is the first cooperation program whose projects will be financed with funds from the joint fund.
Through this agreement, both countries will fund the exchange of experience, research and good practice through ten projects in five priority areas, environment and climate change, health, social development, science and technology, and culture-defined in a joint work in 2012.
One project seeks to respond to global environmental change and will be developed by the Institute of Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Institute for Biological Research Clemente Stable Uruguay.
Another whose key exchange experiences to improve the quality of life for the development of a sustainable habitat, and will be developed by the faculty of Architecture of the UNAM and the University of the Republic of Uruguay.
Another case will focus on developing scientific capabilities for marine ecosystem management in Mexico and Uruguay to climate change, which is a proposal that also participates Colombia.
"Often agreements are signed, despite good intentions, do not prosper for lack of funds, but this is not the case, because resources were allocated and settled in the same text of the agreement," said Gabriel to SciDev.Net Aintablian, head of the Innovation, Science and Technology for Development (DiCYT) of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay.
In selecting projects, Aintablian stressed that not only took into account the history of the proponents and its institutions, but also conformed to the previously defined areas of interest.
Meanwhile, for Alvaro Mombrú, director of the Development of Basic Sciences (Pedeciba) of Uruguay, the importance of the agreement is that "focuses on various topics, interdisciplinary, so profits poured in several areas of knowledge ".
Moreover, he added that the program Mombrú "opens a door through collaboration with a country that has many agreements with centers and weighty blocks of science and technology" in the world.
"This will allow, for example, the participation of Uruguayan scientists senior international networks," added Mombrú.