They recommend synchronizing economics and science in Cuba

Dr. of Science Louis A. said: Montero: From the scientific policy of the socialist state, there is a constant demand of knowledge producers that their new knowledge lead to wealth and that they apply its results.

However, he warned that “no similar economic policy plan has been developed that encourages and forces the productive sector to be innovative and competitive on the basis of national knowledge and requires specific advances in our sciences.”

The issue is not limited only to the application of science to production, but both sectors are synchronized to support a two-way street where neither is less important. He is considered a Member of Merit and Coordinator of the Natural and Exact Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.

Under the title “Synchronizing economics and science: a two-way street,” the professor presented his criteria in an article published by the Cubadebate digital website, in a context in which he calls on the highest authorities to use all available intelligence to move the world. The country is subjected to a stifling economic, financial and commercial blockade.

He explained that for more than six decades, the main problem of science and innovation in Cuba has not been the disconnect between the purposes of research projects and economic and social needs, but so far “we can only offer epistemological insights into competitive innovation in Cuba.” He referred to limited areas of the national economy.

He commented that one positive and exemplary case is that of biotechnology and one of its extreme expressions is its numerous original vaccines of great importance.

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This Caribbean country has a strong scholarly movement, which can make superior contributions to issues of first order, and is academically supported by various examples.

However, he warned that an important set of innovations introduced in the country responded to the purchase of foreign technology in a turnkey manner, which is “more expensive, unsustainable and generates underdevelopment.”

To further improve the national science, technology and innovation system, the reorganization and management of the national business fabric can be promoted so that it needs innovation in order to survive, compete and advance, advises Montero, who has chaired the Scientific Council of the University of Havana for more than three decades.

It also recommended establishing and activating inter-sectoral expert groups to design research, development and innovation programs in economic growth trends and creating an effective system of motivation, whether in universities, research centers or in companies.

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