They are trying to position the export of information and technological services in the USA

María José Haro Sly special for Télam from Washington

Peirano and its mission to promote technological exports in the United States. Photo: TW

this Fernando Peirano, Head of R&D Agencycarried out a mission to the United States last week. export position based on information and technological services“Argentina has great potential”.

The event, which included meetings with the World Bank and venture capital firms, was organized by Ambassador Jorge Argüello and New York Consul Santiago Villalba.

The purpose of the visit was to position Argentina’s science, technology and knowledge-based services in the United States.

“There is a consensus that the relationship between Argentina and the United States cannot continue to focus solely on financial issues and that the country’s positioned role as an exporter of energy, food and minerals is important, but not attained.. We’ve come to position exports based on knowledge and technological services, where Argentina has great potential,” Peirano told Télam.

Currently, Argentina exports $7,500 million in knowledge-based services and the United States represents 50% of total exports.

Last week, the platform was launched in the US “Argentina Presents” this will help small and medium sized companies in the country connect with customers in the North American market.

“The expectation is also to diversify the offer, focus on outsourcing, but also foster the audio-visual, cultural, space and scientific-technological sectors.‘ said the official.

In the framework of the mission, Peirano also met with World Bank officials to launch a new $280 million financing line that will help the Agency expand and diversify its existing financing instruments to articulate the scientific system with the productive system.

The plan includes working with the World Bank to create a Venture Capital system (venture capital) to bridge the gaps between basic research and the development of products and technologies.

“We will work with science and technology institutions and regulatory bodies (ANMAT, SENASA, etc.) to create new protocols that encourage and facilitate the implementation of new technologies and processes. We are working to increase the budget, human resources and reform R&D institutions. Peirano, In the framework of cooperation with the World Bank, ‘Tecnotecas’ will also be created to promote social innovation and inclusion projects.

in New York, Agency President visited the headquarters of the Latin American Private Equity Investments Association (Lavca), A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of private equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lavca’s membership consists of nearly 200 firms that control more than US$65 billion in assets to capitalize and grow Latin American companies.

We plan to work with Lavca not only in promoting financing, but also in the concept of “Smart Capital” (smart capital), which means accompanying and training researchers and companies in the process from the moment an idea turns into reality. a technology or service in its commercialization, legal advice and export. This is very important learning as our scientists don’t have this profile,” said Peirano.

The official also held a meeting with the representatives of the Raices program, where he discussed the Agency’s institutional transformations in the context of the recovery of science and technology policies in our country and under the guidance of Minister Daniel Filmus.

Researchers invited to deepen ties between Argentine and North American systemsfor example, through complementary tools between the National Science Foundation and the I+D+i Agency.

“We connect with young scientists studying in the US so that they can return to the country, and with outstanding Argentine scientists in the US so they can contribute to the country system. Also to help us evaluate technological projects,” said the official.

“In the context of so much international uncertainty and common global issues, another strategic sector is promoting the social sciences, we must build new futures,” he added.

“This government has reclaimed the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, which was demoted to secretariat in the government of Mauricio Macri. We have approved important laws such as Financing of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation. Percent of GDP for investment in the sector, Information Economy Act, Bio and Nanotechnology Promotion Act. and the 2030 Plan for science and technology has already been agreed.”

“Makrosmo has landed MINCyT into a Secretariat and funds the industry. It’s clear that economic development in the US and world leadership in technology and innovation are well established.” official stated.

“We continue to bet on Argentine technology, we know that political ups and downs complicate the process, but we work with regulations, finance and improve channels of transformation from basic science to technological products and services, we need them to replicate what is successful. 10 Invap for Invap’s experience in different fields We need ‘,” Peirano concluded.

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