*  To increase public investment in science, technology and innovation (STI), with
the goal to reach at least 1% of GDP within the next five years.  In the case of
countries that have already reached this level, to continue raising the percentage of
*  To foster cooperation for advanced knowledge production between the scientific
teams and local teams through different mechanisms that incorporate added-value
knowledge in the local production.

*  To encourage the creation of capacities of STI in strategic areas of knowledge,
improving database creation and endogenous scientific-technological platforms
and to promote collaboration and development of strategic network projects,
particularly in South-South and North-South-South regional cooperation.

*  To strengthen and foster graduate programs in the region with specific resources
establishing academic exchange and promoting the creation of regional graduate
and research programs between institutions from different countries.

*  To support and encourage PhD programs to increase the number of experts in all
areas of knowledge, with emphasis on sustainable development and regional
integration as strategic areas of the country.

*  To disseminate and propel scientific knowledge throughout society, instigating
scientific curiosity and the culture of innovation among young people.

*  To implement a national policy for scientific and technological development,
creating legal frameworks and appropriate support mechanisms in order to build a
national STI system that stimulates cooperation between governments,
universities, research centers and the productive system.

*  To promote the implementation of methods for technology and innovation transfer
between local and regional players to enhance the production of goods and
services and increase national and regional competitiveness.

*  To strengthen technical and technological education.

*  To create mechanisms to assist STI investments in the private sector.


*  To establish institutional policies to promote research and innovation, including
incentives for professors, researchers and students, and creation of mechanisms
for the dissemination of results, scientific initiation programs, among others.

*  To create institutional mechanisms for the transfer of knowledge and innovation
such as incubators, curriculum for the preparation of entrepreneurs, technology
parks, and policies for the protection of intellectual property, among others.

*  To create mechanisms for STI development at institutional levels in alliance with
public and private sectors reassuring the relevance of research.

*  To actively participate in the national STI system, with the specific functions of
Higher Education.

*  To promote social and cultural studies, strengthening its own perspectives on
how to approach problems, responding to challenges in human rights, social-
economic and cultural areas, equity, distribution of wealth, multicultural integration,
participation, democracy building and international equilibrium, as well as the
enrichment of our national heritage.

*  To commit to regional development, offering solutions to social problems taking
into consideration the Millennium Development Goals as their own.