17.12.2013

Barañao received the new French Ambassador in Argentina

The Minister of Science, Lino Barañao, met with the new French ambassador in Argentina, Jean Michel Casa, with the purpose of fostering and enhancing bilateral actions.

Barañao received the new French Ambassador in Argentina

The Minister of Science and the new French ambassador in Argentina, Jean Michel Casa.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, received in his office the French delegation headed by the new ambassador of such country in Argentina, Jean Michel Casa. The National Director of International Relations, Águeda Menvielle also attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to review cooperation in science and technology between both countries and plan future joint actions.

During the meeting the officials exchanged views about the research activities in each country and those areas to which the scientific and technological efforts are oriented. Furthermore, they talked about the Franco- Argentina cooperation which this year celebrates the 50th. anniversary.

In this sense, Barañao expressed the need "to emphasize what has been done to publicize the intensity of this cooperation, which for Argentina has been very important. There is a strong empathy between Argentine and French researchers. In science we have had a very significant linkage, and we have a potential in various areas to work in the future."

Meanwhile, Jean Michel Casa said that "such an exceptional relationship should be communicated" and he added: "From my assumption of office, I have taken full note of that our scientific research cooperation was an exceptional domain, one of the strongest international cooperation. Meanwhile, there is a very significant assessment by the French scientific sector of the Argentinean scientific community; our relationship is one of the best considered by the level of training of the Argentina researchers".

Finally, officials committed to continue working on the exchange of ideas and projects to continue strengthening the Franco- Argentine link.

It should be noted that Argentina and France have signed about 10 agreements on international cooperation in science and technology from 1964 to 2012. Those countries also maintain joint activities, it should be mentioned the researchers exchange projects and the training scholarships such as the cooperation programmes ECOS, ARFITEC, INRIA -CNRS (together with  the National Research Institute on Informatics and Automation and the National Centre for Scientific Research of France), Houssay and the projects between the Leloir Institute and the Curie Institute of France. Moreover, binational centers have been created such as the French-Argentine Center for Engineering (CAFCI) and French Argentine International Center for Information and Systems Sciences (CIFASIS). Moreover, through the joint actions the International Mixed Units (UMI), the International Associated Labs (LIA ) have been created and the research projects in science and technology as the International ANR- ANPCYT PICT consisting of an agreement for the promotion of scientific and technological activity between the National Research Agency of France and the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion of the Ministry of Science. Furthermore, cooperation projects with the companies SANOFI and OSEO were signed, as well as cooperation agreements between Argentina and France in the framework of the European Union. The network of Argentine researchers and scientists abroad was created in the framework of the RAICES programme.

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