Science and Technology - Introduction


The Brasilia Declaration, issued by Foreign Ministers of the three IBSA countries in June 2003, which also laid the foundation of IBSA Dialogue Forum, identified Science and Technology as one of the key areas for interaction and cooperation among IBSA members. Activities in this area are guided at the Ministerial level through meetings of the S&T Ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa. A Joint Working Group (JWG) was formed to support the development of cooperation activities in Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I). The last meeting of JWG on S&T was held in New Delhi on 31 May 2013.

The broad themes covered under JWG on Science and Technology are as follows:

  • HIV and AIDS - New and innovative prevention technologies, standardization and validation for immunogenicity

    • Nano-Science & Technology - nano structured organic–inorganic hybrid solar cells, nano drug delivery system, water purification

    • Development of satellites in the areas of space weather, climate and earth observation. These satellites will address common challenges in climate studies, agriculture and food security. The IBSA micro satellites aim to promote and strengthen space programs amongst the three countries.

    • Ocean Science & Technology

    • Biotechnology

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy

  • An IBSA Trilateral MoU on cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation was signed during the fourth IBSA Summit in Brasilia on 15 April 2010.

    In order to enhance knowledge sharing in the areas of use of IT for development and E-Governance, a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Information Society was created. It was later merged with JWG on Science and Technology. During various Information Society JWG meetings, synergy in the areas of E-Governance, capacity building, local content development and e-health was sought to be established. Various issues discussed by JWG are –

  • E-Readiness Indicators and Assessment Methodology for IBSA Countries

  • E-Governance Standards and Data Quality Management

  • Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

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