Guatemala. Ana Chan, Guatemala’s national secretary of science and technology, represented the country during the international week of science and technology, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 17-21 this year. This participation took place within the framework of CELAC’s High Level Ibero-American Science Forum meeting with Ministers, Ministers and High Officials in Science, Technology and Innovation.
The “International Science and Technology Week” aimed to identify and agree on projects with high political impact, responding to the regional cooperation proposal and serving to strengthen or complement government policies within the framework of sustainable development.
Guatemala recommends that science become a reliable partner in the decision-making process of public policy and therefore policy makers priorities for Scientific and technological research.
The event was coordinated by the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), with Ana Chan, Senacyt national secretary, as a panelist. Forum organized by the Argentine School of Internet Governance with the main theme “Digital transformation in our region”.
Another highlight of the day was the attendance at CELAC’s meeting of ministers, ministers and senior officials in the fields of science, technology and innovation, where Minister Chan drew attention to the extraordinary threats facing the world. The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change or environmental degradation, among others, “is a priority to invest in science, technology and innovation (STI) that allows us to bridge the gaps between the country and build a more prosperous region”.
“This is a transcendent moment for global solidarity and these international forums that affirm the value of knowledge transfer, innovation, exchange of experience and science in the transformation of Latin America are becoming more relevant. This is a great opportunity to show what we can do if we come together.”
The third participation on behalf of Guatemala took place at the Ibero-American High-Level Science Forum, where Chan spoke about the importance of promoting more education for researchers in line with international standards. In this context, he reminded that one of the priorities of Senacyt in Guatemala is to encourage women’s participation in research, innovation and technology-related careers.
“If we are betting on a comprehensive and robust vocational education system that fosters science, technology and innovation as a region, it is imperative to consider inclusion so that the benefits from better quality and effective research are then translated into benefits for our societies. ‘ said Can.
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