Low budget concerns for science and technology in Colombia

Low budget concerns for science and technology in Colombia

Science and technology unions point to the Colombian government for the low budget in the industry.

a few weeks ago Colombian Congress approved next year’s budget. Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation remained with the lowest item.

Of the $405.62 billion pesos guaranteed for all plans in 2023, $401,000 million is left for this industry. Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences and Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science They claim they are “disappointed and worried” about this part of progress in the country.

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In their statement, the unions called for attention to the president-led government. Gustavo Petroemphasizing the importance of this sector in various situations, but seeking “clear signals” science the lowest amount of all ministries.

Of the $401,000 million pesos for next year, approximately $57,000 million represents fixed expenses and $373,000 million will be used for investment. According to experts, it will be 11%, an increase that remains below inflation, as in other portfolios.

Alongside this panorama, the Association highlights the importance of royalties for Science and Technology, which are very different from the annual budget and can be taken as “compensation for the historical delay in the funding of science in the country”. As a direct source rather than a “state commitment”.

Science and technology unions point to the Colombian government for the low budget in the industry.
Science and technology unions point to the Colombian government for the low budget in the industry.

In line with this panorama of concern, the Government has announced a series of investments for developments in different regions of the country and 11 projects have been approved for these investments.

These inquiries will receive a total of 80,000 million, of which 72,000 million pesos. General Copyright System and from 8,000 million participating organisations.

This investment will benefit more than 450,000 people from 24 departments in Colombia, so the projects are expected to create 153 direct and 306 indirect jobs.

They also hope to achieve results, among other aspects, such as 12 strengthened and equipped science centers, 6 research papers, 407 support for the promotion of scientific professions in Science, Technology and Innovation (CTeI).

Science and technology unions point to the Colombian government for the low budget in the industry.
Science and technology unions point to the Colombian government for the low budget in the industry.

“We are moving from Minciencias towards building more equitable, productive and competitive regions. We continue to work to contribute to the consolidation of a knowledge-based society through science, technology and innovation.”Arthur Moon.

The division of projects by region has only one more presence in Llanos with four developments for 8,188 million, in the Caribbean with three plans for 47,105 million, in the Pacific with three plans for 4,472 million, and center-south for 2,293. million.

This route became the supplementary way to recoup the budget recently approved by Congress; this is something that has happened in previous years, since the establishment of the Ministry in 2019, when the union with the Colciencias was granted, which made it possible to enter the panorama of Colombian politics. management of resources and benefits like the rest of the sectors.

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