Italy and Argentina signed a bilateral agreement to strengthen scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. The three-year Executive Program was signed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCYT), Roberto Salvarezza, and the Ambassador of Italy to Argentina, Giuseppe Manzo.
The meeting was also attended by the Secretary for Planning and Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation of the Ministry, Diego Hurtado, the national director for the promotion of scientific policy, Karina Pombo, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Italy in Argentina, Dr. Pietro Paolo Proto, and the Scientific Attaché of the Embassy, Prof. Jose M. Kenny.
The Program represents the seventh renewal of the Scientific and Technological Collaboration Agreement between Italy and Argentina signed for the first time in 1997. The common projects for the three-year period 2021-2023 are 8 – 5 of mobility and 3 of “great importance” – and are focused on the priority sectors of biotechnology, medicine and health, renewable energy, agri-food technologies, Earth observation satellite technologies, physics and astrophysics and marine sciences.
Minister Salvarezza, after welcoming those present, commented that “the Ministry of Science also coordinates with other Ministries on issues related to the environment, health, energy and defense, which are essential for guiding public policies and exploiting resources”. He also underlined that “at MINCYT we think of technology and innovation with attention to the environment and in this sense we are working on the theme of blue and green hydrogen and lithium“.
Ambassador Manzo also paid attention to environmental issues, fundamental for progress in the scientific and technological sector, and mentioned the creation of new ministries in Italy, such as those of the Ecological Transaction and the Digital Transaction, both cross-cutting ministries oriented to environmental issues, urban transport and energy. “The scientific area is one of the most solid and at the same time dynamic and promising collaboration areas between Italy and Argentina and with the new Executive Program it will be possible to give further momentum in innovative and priority sectors for our countries” added the Ambassador.
During the meeting, Minister Salvarezza and Ambassador Manzo, underlining the excellent bilateral relations between Argentina and Italy, expressed great satisfaction with the agreement concluded between the Argentine company VENG and the Italian e-GEOS for the marketing of data acquired by SAOCOM 1A and 1B – Argentine Observation Satellite With Microwave – as part of the Italian-Argentine system of satellites for emergency management (SIASGE), one of the flagships of bilateral cooperation.
The meeting was also an opportunity to deepen the ongoing collaborations in the field of research in Antarctica and on the initiatives carried out as part of the agreements between the National Research Councils (CNR-CONICET) and between the respective nuclear physics institutes. (INFN and CONEA).