They call for science, technology and innovation to be considered state policy

The National Negotiating Table for Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) of Uruguay was created. The Union of Researchers of Uruguay (Investiga UE), the Department of Productive Development of the PIT-CNT and the Association of Teachers of the University of the Republic (ADUR) participate.

The Association of Education and Culture Workers, the Clemente Astable Biological Research Institute Base (ATEC-IIBCE) and the Uruguayan Association of Graduate and Postgraduate Students (AUPP) also participated. by example.

After the formation of the dialogue table, the actors published a public announcement of the national dialogue table by the CTI on accountability.

He expressed in a statement that “the budget allocation for Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) in this interpretation of the articles is clearly insufficient for its actors, given the existing gaps in the system and the urgency to obtain greater investments”. are aware of. Much less in comparison.

The text states that the government “relyed heavily on the CTI system during the pandemic”, to act in the health sector and make informed decisions, which was essential to manage the emergency. “The CTI system is able to replicate this support in many other areas of national life. However, this will require attention to its durability and sturdiness, which is clearly not present in this review. The resources employed are essential. leave no room for short-term consolidation or the formulation of long-term public policies.

The actor and the institute recall that “human resources with quality scientific training are necessary to produce knowledge, to conduct clinical trials using cutting-edge technologies, and even to import technology”. “We believe – and we can’t help but think that the national parliament agrees – that without investment in the CTI, the economic, social and sustainable development of the country is not possible. We believe that the political sphere will legitimize and integrate the idea that investment in knowledge production is a necessary condition for national development and should be a state policy supported by all governments.

“What may appear to be savings today is actually a dilution with disastrous consequences in the short, medium and long term. If we combine the situation with this economic suffocation, a significant number of those who scrutinize the need for social security. There are no minimum requirements and in some cases good working conditions, so anything that flashes in a moment of emergency is seriously compromised,” added an excerpt from the filed statement.

This is why they propose that science, technology and innovation “be considered as state policy”, and that “the workers of the CTI system (postgraduate researchers, research positions, technicians and civil servants, among others) benefit from decent working conditions, including health and social security coverage. It is also called for “a sustained and significant increase in public investment in the CTI until it reaches the level of 1% of GDP promised.