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HORIZONS

 

Caribbean science under the microscope

As Latin American and Caribbean nations prepare for a major conference on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development... just how much of a 'science culture' is there in the Caribbean? [More]

Wasted opportunity
All Caribbean nations, both individually and through Caricom, recognize they will have to make major progress in absorbing and applying S&T to improve their populations' standard of living. [More]

Modest R&D expenditure
Gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) is modest (see table). Statistics show that the amount of funds actually available to R&D is proportionate to the tiny size of the Caribbean economies.
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Still a long way to go in scholarly output
The scholarly publication rates of research institutions outside the academic sector are insignificant. [More]

Special difficulties for R&D
The most serious difficulties are lack of funding, inability to attract and keep quality staff, and poor working conditions, including with regard to salaries, maintenance of equipment and staff development opportunities. [More]

Brain drain expected to rise
The challenge of migration affects the Caribbean greatly. For example, in the years 1991-2000, Jamaica saw some 20 000-25 000 (close to 1% of the population) emigrate each year, according to the Planning Institute of Jamaica (2000). Some 11-15% of those migrating have skills or professions which might include S&T fields. [More]

Lack of motivation unchecked for too long
There are also minor problems, such as poor staff retention, lack of a systemic approach to staff development, lack of short-term research attachments, recruitment difficulties in competitive areas like information technology and a seeming lack of motivation among some researchers which has gone unchecked for too long. [More]

Making the Caribbean's voice heard
There are three regional scientific organizations in existence: the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Cariscience (see box) and the Caribbean Council of Science and Technology. [More]

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