Brain drain: Alberto Fernández spoke of “promoting knowledge” in the midst of an emigration wave

President Alberto Fernandez was found in the Pink House with various scientists and researchers for an award ceremony. There, I speak from “promote knowledge”, despite the fact that the country faces a ola emigratoria. Although there are concrete data on the leak from brains growing in Argentina, the president was not shy about criticizing Mauricio Macri and highlighting his own government as a promoter of scientific and technological development.

according to NA, the head of state spoke of “promoting education, knowledge, scientific and technological development to be a society that advances”. He also focused on the need for a present State and the failure of the previous government to postpone knowledge. “There were some who said that ‘we are the world’s supermarket’ and postponed scientific and technological development,” was the criticism he made.

Lack of stability and good offers

Although Fernández assured that his Government is in charge of favoring the professional development of scientists, the data from national and international consultants say otherwise. Martín Poncio, director of the consulting firm Poncio, spoke of the unfriendly context that the country offers to guarantee the economic and job security of scientists and researchers, saying that there have never been formulas that manage to stop this phenomenon.

“Many of the collaborators who will be key in the next 10 years today have serious doubts about staying in the country and look abroad as the alternative for their professional development. But this is not only for those who plan to emigrate; many are developing or are part of global projects, meeting the requirements and needs of other markets from their homes or shared offices”, the human talent expert explained in a dissertation. This aspect is revealed a lot in the workers of the IT world, who accept offers from international companies for offering salaries in dollars.

The president of the Argentine Chamber of the Software Industry (CESSI), Sergio Candelo, also highlighted this point. Although the country launches projects to offer job opportunities, specialists observe how human capital leans towards foreign companies. “If only 10% of the ‘seniors’ left, which is little to what is happening today, in equivalent terms, some 300 million dollars per year would be lost between income taxes, contributions and contributions,” said the director of the Chamber.

Cuts in CONICET

Budget cuts at CONICET, the most important scientific entity in Argentina, also worry researchers. Alberto Fernández criticized the cut in education by Mauricio Macri, but Mariano Barrera, Flacso economist and researcher, argued that the 2021 Budget did not benefit the agency, although it increased the amounts in science and technology. Last year, the funds of the National Council for Technical and Scientific Research fell by 11.2%.

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