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Agreement between EU and Latin America allows connecting GÉANT and CLARA networks

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An agreement signed between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean provides that the European GÉANT network will have a direct connection with the CLARA research and education network, which supports scientific activities in Latin American countries.

Simultaneously with the signing of the agreement that took place in the framework of the III LAC-EU Ministerial Forum on the Information Society in Rio de Janeiro, the political leaders of the two regions «started a dialogue on policies and regulatory issues related to the Information Society» , explains a statement detailing that the purpose of these conversations is to promote social cohesion and digital inclusion.

The meeting had as its central topic of discussion «An Alliance for Social Cohesion through Digital Inclusion» and discussed issues such as software free, system interoperability, Internet management, security and adequate financing mechanisms and support for the development of the Information Society. Portugal was represented by Diogo Vasconcelos, manager of UMIC.

As a result, the participating countries signed a declaration «that reflects the views on digital inclusion shared by the two regions», highlights the communiqué, adding that the foundations for a work program between regions for the development of the Information Society were laid which provides for technology transfer and cooperation in specific areas.

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