Brazil increased federal funding for its nanotechnology program. In Mexico, the Senate Committee for Science and Technology declared itself in favor of the development of a National Emergency Program for investment in research and teaching of nanotechnology. In Colombia, the National Council of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology was created. But all this was not done without controversy; and it was in Argentina that conflicts in the scientific and political spheres were concentrated, with repercussions in the media. In Argentina, many of the things that took place in a short span of time might take longer than in many other Latin American countries.
Throughout the region, nanotechnology has been recognized as one of the major fields of strategic technological development.
Almost all of the Latin American countries hope that by quickening the pace of nanoscience and nanotechnology there will be an improvement in a country’s competitiveness. The argument is that nanotechnology can improve competitiveness and overcome the problems of a slower economy and the associated problems of poverty.
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