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A ten-year plan to strengthen Argentinean science and technology in Argentina was released last week (1 June). It proposes prioritising lines of research, increasing investment in science and technology to one per cent of Argentina's gross domestic product, and doubling the number of scientists and technicians in the country so that they occupy three out of every 1,000 jobs.

More than 400 scientists and representatives of Argentinean industry contributed to the national plan, which is intended to transform the country into a 'knowledge-based society'. Implementing it would entail training 36,000 new scientists and technicians and investing close to US$2 billion by 2015.

The Argentinean Science and Technology Cabinet (known as Gactec) must assess the five-volume proposal, Basis for a strategic plan in science, technology and productive innovation, before it can be enacted.

Link to full news story in La Nación (in Spanish)