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Ministers of Science and Technology Convened by OAS Will Seek to Establish Goals to Improve Countries’ Competitiveness

  November 15, 2011

The use of applied science, technology and innovation to improve competitiveness and achieve prosperity in the countries of the region will be one of the main focal points of the Third Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Science and Technology from the Americas, to be held this Thursday and Friday, November 17 and 18, 2011, in Panama City, with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The meeting has as its objective to make progress in science and technology in the region, by defining a series of goals to be fulfilled by the year 2025. The Ministers and High Authorities also are expected to approve the “Draft Plan of Action of Panama,” which facilitates the creation of working groups to achieve progress on the agreed-upon tasks, as well as to establish clear initiatives and cooperation mechanisms that ensure the fulfillment of the already mentioned objectives.

The inaugural session of the Third Ministerial Meeting will be held Thursday the 17th at 9:00 local time (14:00 GMT) with the participation of the Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Francisco Álvarez de Soto, and the interim OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Jorge Saggiante. Among the participants who have already confirmed their attendance are Ministers and High Authorities from Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the United States, and Trinidad and Tobago.

More information on this event is available here.

WHAT: Third Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, November 17 and 18, 2011

WHERE: Hotel Riu Plaza
Calle 50 with 53 East
Urb. Marbella
Panama City, Panama

Reference: AVI-257/11