Representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Peoples Republic of China (PCR) and of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT) held a meeting this Monday to renew the convention signed by both countries in the year 2007.
Cao Jianlin, Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology, along with the Chinese Ambassador to Costa Rica and other delegates from the International Department of Cooperation met with their Costa Rican counterparts, Minister Alejandro Cruz, Vice minister Keilor Rojas and Office Director Angelica Chinchilla.
“Although China has over five thousand years of history, science and technology are more recently from abroad; we still have a lot to learn,” stated Vice Minister Cao.
To fortify bilateral cooperation and friendship between Costa Rica and China, delegates proposed an ongoing relationship of cooperation. This, according to the PRC, will be mutually beneficial in the resolving the problems that both countries have regarding economic development, science, and technology. Human Capital is also an important factor and a partnership to support exchanges between young scientists was proposed.
“The mission of MICIT is to be a catalyst for knowledge and innovation for the country’s development and improvement of quality of life for its citizens, and with the cooperation agreed upon today with China, we are convinced that the PRC-MICIT relationship will bear much fruit in this framework for mutual benefit,” said Minister Cruz.
In addition to this, Vice Minister Rojas added that since the 2007 agreement was signed, both countries have managed to sign 20 other agreements between research and academic institutions. He also stressed the importance of reciprocal exchanges between young scientists to increase the level of education and strengthen cooperation.