Eduardo González. Madrid
Spain and Ecuador plan to sign tomorrow a new cooperation framework for the 2014-2018 period, which will be based on the transference of knowledge, technology and innovation through technical cooperation and the exchange of experiences, which will include a 12.8 million euro contribution for the strengthening of the Ecuadorian research, development and innovation system.
The signing of the cooperation framework will be carried out on 11 November in Quito, within the context of the celebration of the XIII Meeting of the Hispano-Ecuadorian Joint Cooperation Committee, which will be presided by Ecuador’s technical secretary for International Cooperation, Gabriela Rosero, and by Spain’s secretary general for International Cooperation for Development, Gonzalo Robles.
On 11 November Hispano-Ecuadorian Joint Cooperation Committee meets in Quito
Ecuador is “one of the 23 priority countries for Spanish Cooperation”, according to the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation and Development (AECID, in Spanish). Up to 201, Spain was Ecuador’s first bilateral donor and between 2011 and 2013 they sent more than 68.5 million of official development aid.
The Country Association Framework, according to the Spanish agency “is the strategy shared by both countries towards common goals and visions in human development and in the reduction of inequalities”. The agreement will guide cooperation relations between Spain and Ecuador “towards three great areas; the strengthening of the Ecuadorian I+D+i system (Research, development and innovation), the backing of local production initiatives, and the formation of public administration”, it added.
This new framework “represents, for Spanish Cooperation an important turn in their work, in that it means a great effort in the transference of knowledge, technology and innovation through technical cooperation and the exchange of experiences”, the AECID added.