The Senate on Wednesday (28) approved the Legislative Decree (PDL) bill 632/2019, Which ratifies the agreement between Brazil and Australia for cooperation in science, technology and innovation, which was signed in 2017. Text will be issued.
The agreement aims to contribute to strengthening cooperation in science, technology and innovation, with a focus on developing joint scientific and technological research programs; Business plans and projects involving the supply of materials and research equipment; Exchange of students, scholars, researchers, specialists and academics; Exchanging information in the field of science and technology by electronic means; And organizing seminars, conferences and workshops in the region.
On the Brazilian side, the responsibility for implementing cooperation rests with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications; On the Australian side, the responsibility rests with the Ministry of Industry, Innovation and Science.
When explaining the reasons for the project, the federal government said that the implementation of the agreement will constitute an important milestone in bilateral cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovation, and will contribute to intensifying relations between the two countries. According to MRE data, an important component of the relations between the two countries has been the growing interest of young Brazilians in studying in Australia. In 2018, that number was estimated to be around 27,000.
Brazil has already entered into similar partnerships in the region with other countries, such as China, Switzerland, the United States and South Korea.
The agreement with Australia was signed in 2017, on Brazil’s Independence Day, September 7, and covers all areas related to science, technology and innovation in both countries, except defense. In October 2019, the text was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (CRE) in the form of Senator Marcus de Vall ‘Report (Pode-ES).
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