(30 July, 2012) The President of the Center for Strategic Studies and Management in Science, Technology and Innovation (CGEE), Mariano Laplane, visited the ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile, on Monday 30 July, where he met the Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and the Deputy Executive Secretary, Antonio Prado. The representatives of both institutions signed a new cooperation agreement.
CGEE is a civil society organization in Brazil that promotes scientific and technological development. Mr. Laplane was accompanied by CGEE director, Gerson Gomes.
CGEE was set up in 2002 to implement actions identified with Brazilian public institutions or international organizations. The main funder of CGEE activities is the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
ECLAC first signed an agreement with CGEE in 2005 to guide joint actions. This included collaboration on many projects including studies into biofuels, comparative development patterns, impact of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) on productivity, desertification and sustainable development, as well as other collaborations for seminars and conferences.
In the new agreement, two topics have been identified for the mutual cooperation agenda: support to achieve greater regional integration in terms of science, technology and innovation through high-level meetings and joint projects among countries, and the contribution of ECLAC in setting up a study centre in conjunction with the Campinas University and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro to train managers in development policies.
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