Minister Marco Antonio Raupp from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and the Russian ambassador in Brazil, Sergey Akopov, discussed new possibilities for cooperation in science and technology on Thursday (October 25) in Brasilia.
The meeting precedes a visit by President Dilma Rousseff to Russia which is scheduled for December.
Participants in the meeting included MCTI Secretary of Technological Development and Innovation, Alvaro Prata, the President of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/MCTI), Glaucius Oliva, MCTI Head of the Office of International Affairs, Ambassador Carmen Ribeiro Moura, and the Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho.
Akopov gave an account of the events scheduled for the coming months, with the participation of Brazilian and Russian representatives, serving as an environment for future negotiations. The International Forum on Development and Innovation, which takes place from October 31 to November 2 in Moscow and will be attended by Secretary Prata, and the Meeting of the Brazil-Russia High-Level Commission, to be held in February in Brasilia, were both highlighted.
"Science and technology is a priority for our bilateral relationship. We have many projects and I hope that, together, we can put them into practice," said the ambassador, who presented proposals for cooperation in biotechnology and solar energy to the Brazilian minister. Minister Raupp has already expressed Brazil's interest in developing new cooperation activities, particularly with regard to the Science Without Borders program and in the areas of satellite technology and radiopharmaceuticals.
Announcements regarding the segments mentioned by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation will be made on his visit to Russia, on November 26 and 27, accompanied by representatives from the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB/MCTI) and the National Commission of Nuclear Energy (CNEN/MCTI). "It is our responsibility to strive to build something concrete in these events," said the minister.
The president of the CNPq, Glaucius Oliva, spoke of the importance of deepening dialogue on cooperation within the Science without Borders program. "We have not entered into agreements with Russia yet and one of the obstacles is the language. Russia has excellent institutions in many areas," he said. "It is time we made the most of this mobilization and closer relations between the two countries to consolidate this."
History of cooperation
The starting point for Brazilian-Russian relations in the field of science and technology was the Agreement Establishing the Brazilian-Soviet Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed on April 16, 1981. In 2010, representatives from the two countries signed the Strategic Partnership Action Plan, whose aim was to prioritize areas of cooperation among those selected in the 2010-2012 Cooperation Program. The plan establishes the intensification of scientific and technological cooperation.
In addition, the program aims to promote cooperation between research and scientific institutes of the two countries in the areas of scientific and technological information, metrology and the technological cooperation network in HIV/AIDS, as well as in condensed matter physics, nanotechnology, new materials, biotechnology, medicine, information and communications technology, the effect of the environment on human health, physics and mathematics.
Source – Invest in Brazil