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In order to comply with its mandates and to support the efforts of the Member Sates in science and technology, the DSTI has structured its activities around four priority areas:
In addition to promoting the political dialogue at the highest level, the DSTI contributes permanent technical assistance to the governments and scientific and technological institutions of the Member States for the formulation of public policies that stimulate the investment in R&D, promote innovation, institutional strengthening and capacity building, integrate gender perspective, the participation of civil society and support the popularization of science.     

In this area the DSTI focuses its efforts in the fields of biotechnology and biosecurity, energy, materials and nanotechnology, as well as information technologies and communication.
Innovation and Competitiveness-
The efforts in these areas are focused on two hemispheric initiatives that aid to promote innovation and competitiveness of companies in the hemisphere:
EftA – Engineering for the Americas is an initiative that promotes the improvement of innovation driven engineering education, the mobility of professionals, products and services, as well as a tight link between the academic scientific sector and the productive sector.
Metrology – Measurements are of fundamental importance and represent the base that determines the certification of products, processes and services, which translates in a seal of quality, which is essential for companies to be able to compete in global markets.


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