They promise to get the Law of Science and Technology after 15 months of delay

“Today we announce to the media, in this space provided by the Senate of the Republic, that the Science and Technology Law that will be produced in this legislature will be worked on in a conference, that is, senators and deputies to the same time to produce a single legislative product in consensus, to give Mexican society the future it deserves,” reported Senator Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, president of the Science and Technology Commission in the upper house.

During the presentation of the work plan of the Science and Technology commissions of the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies, the legislator assured that the mission of science and technology must have as its premise the fight against inequality. “Science has two great characteristics: Its global character, such as the conquest of space, the use of artificial intelligence, or the development of the digital world. The other is a local space and where the legislative sphere has a main task”.

Health, education, food, equal rights “and to the extent that science and technology develop in this search for related objectives, we will be doing our job.”

He said that it is through the Science and Technology Law that a fundamental question will be defined, “what do we want, what are we looking for as a country? to stay in putting rules to what already exists, what we have done normal? Or are we going to dare to make the design of that collective imaginary that we want?

He added that a question of this size cannot be answered by itself and the legislative process is not enough if the Chambers are separated, “hence the joint initiative for both Chambers to make a joint presentation.”

Background of the CTI Law

On May 15, 2019, Section V of Article 3 of the Mexican Constitution was modified to elevate the right of Mexicans to enjoy the benefits of the development of science and technological innovation to constitutional status.

This fact brought with it the need to generate a new General Law of Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) and its maximum term to be approved by constitutional decree, marked the last period of 2020 in the Legislative, that is, December 15, 2020 .

However, just on December 8, 2020, María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, director of the National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt), spoke for the first time at a conference about the preliminary draft that she called the General Law Initiative for Humanities, Sciences, Technologies and Innovation. , coordinated by said institution.

It should be noted that in this scenario, researchers had expressed their concern about not knowing the position and proposal of the federal government days before the constitutional deadline. For this reason, for several months different groups of researchers denounced the lack of dialogue with the highest government body for CTI and the lack of participation of the scientific, technological and innovation union in the construction of a new governing Law.

Overriding Orders

In his speech Javier López Casarín, president of the Science and Technology Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, said that the conference work is the first of its kind in this legislature and assured that they are “developing a broad dialogue with federal, state authorities and academics, as well as with students and members of the scientific community”.

From the point of view of the legislator for the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico, “there are regulations that are exceeded that generate conflict between authorities and the scientific community and others that impose unjustified restrictions.” He added that exponential technological change generates legal loopholes that must be addressed to mitigate risks and threats to national and personal security.

He also described the current system as inefficient, “we are forced to abandon the inertia that the current deficient regulatory framework imposes on us, at the expense of talent and the community of knowledge and against the purposes of the special Science and Technology program.”

For this reason, he said that the in-depth review and updating of the regulatory framework is essential “under the umbrella of legislative work in conference, a mechanism that will speed up the ruling and approval of initiatives and even the opportunity to propose joint work.”

Accompany the proposal with budget

For his part, Sergio Gutiérrez Luna, president of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Deputies, promised to increase the budget for this item, “we as the Chamber of Deputies will take the commitment to analyze the budget issue and try to strengthen it towards the future, being very clear that the development of nations has to go hand in hand with the development of science and technology”.

At the time, Enrique Graue, rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), asked to set aside polarization, since “there can be no social and economic policies without promoting science and technology.”

The meeting of the chamber committees on Wednesday was also attended by Olga Sánchez Cordero, president of the Senate board of directors; Sergio Carlos Gutiérrez Luna, President of the Chamber of Deputies; Enrique Graue, rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; Arturo Reyes Sandoval, director of the National Polytechnic Institute; Ricardo Monreal, president of the Political Coordination Board of the Senate; and Antares Vázquez, president of the Education Commission of the Senate.

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