SOLAR-ICT is an initiative that aims to highlight the opportunities and potentialities for European and Latin American research collaboration in ICT, identifying common development goals and deeper strategic cooperation.
Usually, efforts for strategic cooperation with the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region are focused on the countries with larger economies like Brazil, Argentina, Chile or Mexico. However, lesser-developed countries, with obvious smaller economies, still denote important and interesting openings for joint Euro-Latin American development policies in ICT. Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are lesser-developed LAC economies compared to the larger aforementioned countries, although they still present unique developments in ICT.
The focus on these six targeted countries will provide different views of economic environments in different stages of ICT development that will help uncover the diverse opportunities that can enhance research and development cooperation between EU and the LAC region.
1) To draw a thorough study in each of the 6 target countries, comprising of mapping and benchmarking to identify the primary organizations, ICT competencies and best practices in each targeted country, focusing on all potential common areas of ICT interest.
2) To identify and design future collaboration guidelines within the IST programme. The organization of 6 Workshops in Latin America will raise awareness on the upcoming FP7 and discussion tables will emphasise prospective benefits of collaboration in ICT between EU and the LAC region in order to delineate common development needs and opportunities.
3) To develop an EU-LAC electronic platform dedicated to research cooperation in ICT, which will present the project's outcomes and encourage information exchange on ongoing and future R&D programmes to be shared by the different stakeholders.
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action
2050 San Pedro De Montes De Oca, San Jose
LIMA 27 Lima