Common Market of Scientific and Technological Knowledge (MERCOCYT Program)

Programa Mercado Común del Conocimiento Cientifico y Tecnológico

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1993, when approved by 23rd regular session of the General Assembly of D-XD3030 - OAS - AG/RES 1218 (XXIII-O/93), having been set up, Mar 1993, Punta del Este (Uruguay), at 24th regular meeting of U-XE5792 - Inter-American Council for Education, Science and Culture - CIECC/Res 844/93. Based on a proposal by Pres Luis Alberto Lacalle of Uruguay, at the General Assembly of the OAS, Jun 1990, Asunción (Paraguay). Also referred to as Common Market of Knowledge -- Marché commun de la connaissance -- Mercado Común del Conocimiento (MECCO) and also in French as Marché commun du savoir.


Promote joint use of existing resources in science in Latin American countries. Support two major elements of multinational cooperation among academic-technical institutions: (a) scientific and technological integration to pool, throughout the Americas, knowledge, capabilities and efforts in science and technology; (b) innovation through systematic cooperation between academic and technical institutions and businesses and public organizations. Follow up Ministers' S and T meeting and plans of action.


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Not an organization but a programme. Permanent Committee comprising high-ranking delegates of OAS member States, normally from national institutes responsible for science and technology.

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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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