New Micit minister to focus on education, innovation

Monday, February 28, 2011

Education, innovation and transferring the telecommunications department to the science and technology ministry (Micit) will be priorities during the tenure of newly appointed Micit minister Alejandro Cruz, according to a statement from Costa Rican ICT association Camtic.

According to local media, one of Cruz's top plans is to give a boost to the one computer per child program, as well as to promote scientific education.

Another priority will be increasing the percentage of GDP spent on research, development, innovation and scientific activities. Currently, 0.4% of the country's GDP is spent on these areas, but Cruz said the medium-term goal is to reach 1%.

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Cruz will face challenges during his tenure, such as integrating into Micit the telecoms department, which is currently part of the environment, energy and telecommunications ministry (Minaet). Cruz said he aims to open up the sector and determine the destination of resources from universal services fund Fonatel.

Cruz replaced Clotilde Fonseca as head of Micit, after Fonseca resigned in early February, citing personal reasons.