The Committee on Policies in Science and Technology of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) adopted a formal positive opinion in favor of Costa Rica’s accession to that entity.
This favorable formal opinion comes after the publication of the Study of Innovation Policies, released in April 2017, which provides inputs to strengthen the National Innovation System.
This advance urges us to continue solidly building a knowledge-based economy and society that contributes to productivity, well-being for Costa Ricans and sustained economic growth in the long term,”
said Carolina Vásquez, Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT).
The favorable formal opinion given to Costa Rica is the result of a study by experts from the OECD and the member countries, who evaluated the country’s scientific and technological policy and carried out an in-depth analysis of the framework of public policies, regulation and practices for the promotion of biotechnology.
This process was led by the MICITT and the OECD that evaluated areas such as: policies and good practices on promoting international technological cooperation to address the major global challenges, promoting research for scientific and technological knowledge accessible to all and innovation as a way to the next revolution based on bio-economics, sustainability and convergent technologies
The Minister of Foreign Trade (COMEX), as coordinator of Costa Rica’s accession process to the OECD, highlighted the country’s progress in achieving international best practices.
Costa Rica began its formal process of joining the OECD in 2015. As part of these actions, the country is being evaluated by 22 technical committees of the Organization, of which the Committee on Policies in Science and Technology is the fifth to adopt the favorable formal opinion.