The Government of Bolivia reiterated its willingness to promote technological development and human resources in the country to guarantee the liberation and self-sufficiency of the Plurinational State in that field.
On several occasions, President Evo Morales has insisted on the need to prepare young people to assume industrialization through scientific and technical development, for which he has developed several actions.
On Wednesday, for example, he announced the creation next year of a Ministry of Science and Technology in the city of El Alto, department of La Paz, at the request of the students, he said.
In that sense, he demanded the support of the Armed Forces to lead the scientific research in the new Ministry.
‘We want to advance in industry for technological liberation (…) Without scientific knowledge there is no guaranteed economic or social independence, scientific dependence is synonymous with underdevelopment, future lives loaded with new threats against our homeland and the great homeland that our martyrs dreamed’, Said the President.
He explained that the greatest threat lies in the breakdown of multilateralism, the arrogant and abusive use of hegemonic military force, imperial weapons and new technologies under the domain of large transnational corporations, a threat to security of society and of the States, he said.
Within the country’s comprehensive development program for 2025, called the Bicentennial Agenda, the need for peaceful nuclear technology is evident to benefit the health, industry, science and technology sectors.
The executive director of the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency (ABEN), Hortensia Jiménez, explained to the press they will enhance advances in scientific and technological research, as well as the supply and marketing of goods and services.
With this objective, the construction of a Center for Research and Development in Nuclear Technology is underway, as well as three Institutes of Nuclear Medicine and Cancer Treatment, equipped with the latest technology.
The Center for Research and Development in Nuclear Technology will be based in District 8 of the City of El Alto, and will also contribute to the training of human resources in that area.
On the other hand, the institutes will be located in the cities of La Paz, El Alto and Santa Cruz, and in their facilities, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, neurological and cardiac conditions will be carried out.
In addition, this institute will feature the services of Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Oncology and Oncological Radiotherapy.