OPINION: Canal expansion and brain drain

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Hoyporhoy, La Prensa, June 12

ONE OF THE most important civil engineering works in the world will be unveiled in two weeks, which will raise   the isthmus to a higher level in trade and global logistics. 

It is precisely now that scientists, researchers and Panamanian entrepreneurs should make known to the world their ability and ingenuity.

However, this possibility is becoming more distant. For example, the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation sees severe cuts to its funds , bringing the total national investment in innovation and development to only 0.2% of the country’s  Gross Domestic Product.. In contrast, Costa Rica invests 0.48% United States 2.79% and Asian Tigers to 3.5% of their national income to create and innovate.

Undoubtedly, this unfortunate situation will have serious consequences for the sustainable development of our society, without the leakage of the brightest minds in search of better opportunities who decide to migrate to other countries.

It would be unforgivable to forget that a country that allows the flight of top talent is doomed to underdevelopment.


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