BRICS approve 2017-2020 Innovation Action Plan
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have approved a three-year action plan (2017-2020) for cooperation in innovation. The decision was announced during the 5th Meeting of Ministers of Science, Technology and Innovation of the BRICS Dialogue Forum, held on July 18 in Hangzhou, China.
According to Álvaro Prata, Secretary of Technological Development and Innovation at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), innovation was the main topic of the first Chinese edition of the annual meeting, which gathers together the S,T&I ministries of the five emerging economies.
“Each minister presented and discussed national policies and the strategies adopted to promote growth from innovation. The goal is to exchange experiences and outline possibilities for cooperation," he explains.
The countries at the meeting also defined the agenda of meetings for 2018, with Brazil hosting three separate events. China will host this year’s 9th BRICS Summit from 3 to 4 September in Xiamen.
Prata signed three agreements with the ministers of the other four BRICS countries. The newest one is the BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation, valid from 2017 to 2020.
The five ministries also reviewed and updated the 2015-2018 Work Plan, signed in Moscow (Russia) during the 3rd Meeting of Ministers in October 2015.
As for next year, Campinas (SP) will host the 2nd Meeting of the WG on Research Infrastructure and Mega Science Projects in March. A month later, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) holds the 4th Meeting of the BRICS Framework Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation (Brics STI) in Brasilia (DF). The goal of the Meeting is to select projects for joint research; research agencies of the five countries are expected to simultaneously launch a unified call for projects before the end of this semester.