International Centre for Economic Development through Science and Technology

Kick-off meeting

InterEST Statement of Purpose

Innovative South-South and Triangular Cooperation schemes promoted by UN are becoming part of the most important collaboration programs, providing influential and meaningful results in Science, Technology, Education, Economic and Social affairs, for the benefit of Society as a whole. Developing these strategies further has a huge potential for outstanding outcomes and positive World repercussions.

During the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation to be held in Argentina from March 20th -22nd 2019, members of the Argentine Scientific Community, Policy Makers and Authorities will discuss a proposal for InterEST, a new-of-a-kind International Centre based on South- South and Triangular Cooperation Schemes. This presentation and discussion will occur in a workshop on March 19th, with a final panel discussion to be held at the highest possible level of the relevant World Representatives.

Argentina holds a World renown graduate-level education and its scientific community is highly regarded for its outstanding leading scientists in different fields, for its unique skills, and for its creativity in solving new problems with new tools, among others. However, the Argentine investment in Science corresponds to that of a developing country and most of these potential skills cannot be fully developed and expressed. This combination creates a unique opportunity for Triangular Cooperation based on this scientific ecosystem.

We propose exploring the creation of a new Research and Development Facility where Argentina will contribute by gathering most of its top scientific and engineering human resources, while other countries interested in partnering will contribute to the development of this new program. The objective of this new Facility will be to find common goals whose achievements will represent an enhancing win-win scenario for all participant countries.

The Research, Development and Patenting (R+D+P) scheme of this new facility will have similarities to well-known existing and successful private and semi-private R+D+P centres. However, the objectives and resources will be specifically designed for a new kind of challenging projects serving to help World Economic Development Goals through Science and Technology. Argentina would benefit from the further development of its scientific community and related activities through innovative research projects. The win for all participant countries is the creation of new tools and solutions for specific problems of their interest, and the protection and income of new patents from developments through this new science and technology centre.

We plan for this new facility to be run by a scientific and political board where all participant countries will be represented. This key multilateral feature will ensure its continuity, the accomplishment of commitments, and completion of the scientific projects undertaken