The BRICS – a bloc composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – officiated the decision to increase cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI). In this sense, the group established five thematic areas: climate change and mitigation of natural disasters; water resources and pollution treatment; geospatial technology and its applications; alternative and renewable energy; and astronomy.
These guidelines are part of the Cape Town Declaration, adopted on Monday (10) as a result of the First Meeting of Ministers of Science, Technology and Innovation of the BRICs, at the South African city.
The document expresses the intention to face the common global and regional socio-economic challenges, generate new knowledge and innovative products, services and processes, and to promote partnerships with other strategic actors in the developing world.
The participating ministers of science propose that the memorandum should could be signed by the Heads of State of the five countries at the 6th Summit of the BRICS, scheduled for July in Fortaleza.
The declaration emphasizes the importance of science, technology and innovation for human development. And also considers that, despite the importance of competitiveness of the rapid technological change on global environment, the basis for cooperation in STI among the bloc’s countries should be centered on people and the public assets, in order to support equitable growth and sustainable development.
The signatories defend stimulating joint investment in the development of high technologies, the creation of common technology platforms and the creation of centers of applied research and innovation laboratories. They also suggested the establishment of mechanisms to transfer technology and knowledge and the creation of a student exchange program within the group of nations to address their human capital challenges.
Read the meeting outcome full statement at the link.