17.06.2014

Argentina and Cameroon start links in science and technology

The head of the Ministry of Science, Lino Barañao, signed today an agreement with the Ministry of Innovation and Scientific Research of Cameroon to promote joint cooperation in research, development and scientific and technological transfer.

Argentina and Cameroon start links in science and technology

Barañao and the delegation of Cameroon in the Science and Technology Cluster.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, received today at the Science and Technology Cluster the minister of Scientific Research and innovation of the Republic of Cameroon, Madeleine Tchuinte, to sign an agreement which set the foundations for a joint cooperation in science and technology in areas of interest to both countries. The meeting was also attended by the National Director of International Relations of the ministry of Science, Águeda Menvielle.

The agreement will seek to foster cooperation in science and technology between Argentina and Cameroon through activities such as joint research, innovation and development projects, human resources training fellowships, and other initiatives It will also facilitate cooperation by organizing meetings, workshops and scientific and technological symposia; promote the research and scientific studies related to the industrial progress of the two countries, with special emphasis on environmental care; and encourage the participation of young researchers and the human resources training. Finally, it will seek to promote joint research with institutes of higher education, science and technology sectors as well as with the productive sector Some areas of work are: agriculture, livestock and food technology, among others.

During the meeting, the minister Barañao stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation with developing countries and with respect to the signed agreement he said that "selected areas of food production, agriculture and livestock are those in which Argentina has a very important experience”. He also added: "We believe that both African countries such as Latin American countries have a demand for food production to feed a growing global population". But he explained that it "must be done sustainably, respecting the environment characteristics, which can only be accomplished by incorporating more knowledge and technology". Finally, Barañao said: "We believe the relationship between our countries in this particular subject will be of mutual benefit and we trust that it can help develop greater political and financial links."

Meanwhile, the minister Tchuinte explained that "70% of Cameroon's population is engaged in agriculture or agriculture derivatives.We note that Argentina has strongly developed over an agricultural base. "In this respect, he stated that "historically our country has cooperated with the North" and he added that "it is time to look to the South:we have begun to look towards China, Turkey, Brazil and we deem it is the turn of Argentina". The Minister added "we wish that science can be the starting point and basis for strengthening cooperation between our peoples", and she added that "we also believe that Argentina can contribute in the area of human resources because we have people who admire Argentina and has much to learn from its people".

The meeting was also attended on behalf of Cameroon by: The aggregate of the General Secretariat of the Prime Minister, Essi Marie Crescence; the general director of the National Institute of Cartography, Martin Mbotta Elimbi; the director of the Institute of Geological and Mineral Research, Joseph Victor Hell; the director of the Scientific and Technical Division of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Thomas Dongmo; the Plenipotentiary Minister of the Senior Counselor of the Embassy of Cameroon in Brasilia, Pamela KISOB and Etoua Remy Magloire Dieudonne.

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