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Argentina's new government is to retain Eduardo Charreau as president of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET), the country's main science agency. It will be the first time in history that CONICET authorities have not been changed by a new president.

Meanwhile, Tulio Del Bono, a political ally of the new president Néstor Kirchner, has been appointed secretary of science and technology, overseeing CONICET. Del Bono says his main aim will be to attract more private money into research.

The new government has promised to increase total spending on research and development from 0.4 per cent to 1 per cent of economic output by 2006.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 423, 672 (2003)

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