Documents and Videos of the October 12th, 1999 Meeting of the
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON INTER-AMERICAN SUMMITS MANAGEMENT
Hall of the Americas, Organization of American States
Science and Technology
Dr. Sitoo Mukerji, Director of the OAS' Office of Science and Technology
made a brief presentation about the activities of the Office of Science and Technology as
a follow-up to the Plan of Action approved in the Summit of the Americas held in Santiago
on April 19, 1998.
The presentation covered the role of science and technology in areas in
addition to economic integration, free trade and sustainable development.
The Plan of Action agreed:
To continue the implementation of the Cartagena Declaration and Plan of
Action emanated from the meeting of Ministers Responsible for Science and Technology of
the Hemisphere, March 29, 1996. The Office of Science and Technology is working in the
following lines of action, as expressed in the aforementioned documents:
1. Continue cooperation with other hemispheric programs in science and
technology, and in such effort, the Office has been collaborating with the following
institutions: CYTED, UNESCO, PAHO, IDB, IDRC, INTERCIENCIA, etc.
2. Maintain the logistical support to MERCOCYT initiative to monitor and
assist in the implementation of all ministerial recommendations. The Office performs the
functions of Technical Secretariat and support in all the MERCOCYT meetings.
3. To Develop mechanisms to improve transfer technology and technical
assistance to strengthen hemispheric cooperation in science and technology by: developing
the scientific and technological capacity in member countries, promoting the interface
between science and technology with social and sustainable development, innovation systems
including government and private sectors, research and development with productive
sectors, and development and application of information technologies.
These actions have become the basis of the Inter-American
Program on Science and Technology, which constitutes the framework for the Office of
Science and Technology.
1. To apply science and technology to prevent and mitigate natural
disasters such as: hurricanes, floods, "El Niņo" phenomenon, etc. There is a
project which is being executed during this year on the strengthening of the network of
institutions performing studies on "El Niņo".
2. To support data collection in science and technology indicators
in conjunction with CYTED and UNESCO to monitor the stage of development and needs in
member States to design effective models to transfer technology and knowledge to the poor.
The governments have indicated that poverty eradication is a critical component of its
social agenda. The Office of Science and Technology is in the process of developing
national policy programs for poverty eradication, considering that science and technology
development is critical to achieve economic and social development. The Office is working
currently on issues such as: Foresight Program-Innovation Policy; clean technologies for
small and medium enterprises; and Metrology, Quality, and Standards.
3. To foster alliances and linkages with different sectors of
society to promote micro- small and medium size enterprises. These initiatives will
involve the informal sector. All these are included in the Cartagena Plan of Action as
well as the Inter-American Program on Science and Technology (PRICYT).