14 Apr 2011

CAMTIC joins national network for technology cooperation with European Union

• CAMTIC was selected as the National Contact Point for Information and Communication Technologies in Costa Rica as part of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union

• Ministry of Science and Technology chose CAMTIC due to its renowned work and service to the field of digital technologies in Costa Rica

Sandra Angulo Hernández | Communications Officer at CAMTIC | sangulo@camtic.org

The Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC) will be the National Contact Point (NCP) for information and communication technologies in Costa Rica. As such, CAMTIC will join the national committee to strengthen Costa Rica's participation in cooperation activities in science and technology with the European Union, as part of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).CAMTIC officially joined the initiative at the invitation of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT, for its acronym in Spanish), who coordinates the National Contact Point network which consists of inter-agency and interdisciplinary strategic actors. This network will coordinate the promotion of formal activities to improve Costa Rica’s participation in European cooperation projects of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, known as FP7.

CAMTIC’s president, Alexander Mora Delgado, accepted and welcomed the invitation of Minister of Science and Technology, Alejandro Cruz Molina. This work group will be coordinated by the scientific adviser to MICIT, Keilor Rojas Jiménez. “With great pleasure and in hopes of a fruitful cooperation, we confirm our nomination to become the thematic contact point of Costa Rica in the area of information and communication technologies of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union”, stated Alexander Mora. In his letter of invitation, the Minister Alejandro Cruz acknowledged the “known experience” of the CAMTIC in the field of digital technologies.

As a first activity, CAMTIC will organize Costa Rica’s participation in the ICT Proposer’s Day, to be held on 19 and 20 May, 2011 in the city of Budapest, Hungary. This event takes place in a different European city every two years and is led by the Information Society and Media Directorate-General of the European Commission. It aims to promote cooperation in information and communication technologies between Europe and the rest of the world. It also constitutes the most important meeting for the academic community, business and research with their counterparts in government and the Commission team, as well as its various forums, committees and working groups of general and specific purpose.

In the last three editions of this important event (Helsinki 2005, Lyonne 2007 and Brussels 2009), CAMTIC has represented Costa Rica. For this year's event, and as National Contact Point of Contact, we hope to convince other actors to join the national delegation, seeking to exploit the huge opportunities to integrate the country into consortia and research groups, development and innovation in digital technologies, "said Alexander Mora CAMTIC.

The Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union began in 2007 and its work will end in 2013.FP7 work involves funding and support for “research projects, technological development and demonstration” that help reinforce “the scientific and technological base of European industry”.This initiative also seeks to “promote international competitiveness and research that supports the European Union policies”.The interdisciplinary team of Costa Rica will feature four thematic focal points on: environment, health, energy and information and communication technologies (ICT). This last group will be advised and coordinated by CAMTIC.For CAMTIC authorities, this invitation of the Ministry of Science and Technology also represents a milestone in the project ProIdeal Plus, which has worked with European representatives on the issue of public policies.

For more information on ProIdeal and FP7, please visit: http://www.pro-ideal.eu

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