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Science in Cuba bets on economic development

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Science in Cuba bets on economic development

Havana, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) The Technological Science Parks (PCT), interface companies and foundations for the management of science, are today new ways to revitalize the economy in Cuba, said an expert at the 2022 International University Congress.
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This is confirmed by the results of the two PCTs and the three existing entities for technology transfer to the productive sector on the island, in the opinion of the Master in Science, Héctor Rodríguez, delegate to the meeting on higher education that takes place at the Convention Center of Havana.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the also vice president of the Havana Science and Technology Park, said that since 2019, with the approval of decree 373 of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), the creation of these new figures was promoted, in full dialogue with the economic and social development model of the country.

“As the president of the nation, Miguel Díaz-Canel, has said, in Cuba science is part of the government management system,” he asserted.

Samples of this commitment are the PCT of Matanzas, Mayabeque and this capital (to the west); the interface companies of the Technological University José Antonio Echeverría and that of Villa Clara (center), as well as the non-profit foundation for science management of the University of Havana (UH).

In the case of the institution that Rodríguez represents, he stated that he has achieved the incubation of 10 MSMEs with impacts not only on independence and technological sovereignty, but also on the economy.

Just to mention two examples, he emphasized Laberinto Tech, a private company that provides an e-commerce solution for the reservation from abroad of cars from the Transtur and Transgaviota companies.

Similarly, the Havana PCT contributed to the incubation of EMSI FARMA, dedicated to the automation of drug manufacturing processes, “with a very high relationship with the scientific pole of biotechnology, in particular with BioCubaFarma, which has replaced imports for more than a million dollars in 2021 alone”.

During today’s session, the International University Congress 2022 welcomed speakers from Spain, Ecuador and Cuba, to address the experiences of PCTs in their respective countries.

From last Monday and until this Friday, the event will be held in virtual and face-to-face mode, to discuss the university-business relationship, knowledge management, the role of student and union organizations, the training of competent professionals and compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals. .


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