Mexican delegation discussed cooperation with the Czech Republic on the 3rd Days of Science and Innovation

05.07.2022

The third Day of Science and Innovation Czech Republic - Mexico event took place in Prague at the end of June on the occasion of the visit of a delegation from the Mexican state of Jalisco to the Czech Republic. The half-day conference presented the innovation ecosystem of the Mexican state of Jalisco, which is considered the "Silicon Valley" of Mexico and Latin America due to its extensive network of universities, research centres and long-term state support for R&D.

Mexican delegation discussed cooperation with the Czech Republic on the 3rd Days of Science and Innovation

During the conference, the Mexican delegation was introduced to the advantages of Czech government programmes, academic and research network, and business environment. Mexican delegates from the government and business sector met with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Education, CzechInvest, the Technology Agency, the Academy of Sciences, Prague City Hall, the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic and the Central Bohemian Innovation Centre. During the panel discussion, participants identified the main areas of common interest between the Czech Republic and Mexico and discussed specific joint research projects.

The current visit from one of the federal states of Mexico, Jalisco, focusing mainly on IT and biotechnology, follows the technology mission of representatives of the Czech state administration, research centres and entrepreneurs to Mexico in June 2019, which opened a dialogue with the government of Jalisco. The delegation presented the country's economic priorities and the main areas suitable for foreign cooperation. It also introduced the participants to government programmes such as the Open Innovation Platform (Plataforma Abierta de Innovación; PLAi), offering training and innovation programmes, or the Network of Innovation Centres (Red de Centros de Innovación; REDi), providing support to start-ups and innovative projects from abroad.

The state of Jalisco, with its capital Guadalajara, is one of three most important economic, social and political centres in the Mexico. Strong industry and a progressive segment of small and medium-sized enterprises make Jalisco one of the most developed regions in the country. The economy's main sectors are trade and manufacturing (especially electronics), traditional agriculture and food processing as Jalisco is the cradle of tequila as a significant producer of blue agave.

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