Eagerness for efficiency and virtuality in Colombian Regions

Pedro René Eslava Mocha

The echoes after the controversy that strikes up the attempt of the national government to cut-off the resources for science budgeted for 2015 has not ceased. The tension led to the resignation of the Colciencias Director. CONPES announces that the investment in science and technology will remain stable with 379.000 million Pesos for 2015. Nevertheless beyond the budgetary problems, Colciencias, the flagship of science, technology and innovation drags into its hull - That barely keeps overwater- a series of problems that keep it from proper navigation Colciencias' crossroads goes beyond the instability of its head: there are other obvious issues besides the impossibility of increasing its budget in the recent years:

The scientific community does not refuse peer verification or arbitrage neither to create reliable databases considering necessary to set scientific information in the cyberspace in which investigative results can reach global fields. Moreover, the community wishes to be recognized worldwide, but most importantly, they pursue to be on service of enterprises as well as of the excluded communities inside the country.

Productive purposes behind science virtualization (under a model that prioritizes knowledge commercial use), can be a tramp in which we should put warning signs on it. Meanwhile, in some regions like ours, under the intervention of increasing new productive forms -great scale extractive and intensive industries- there is a territory at disposal, now occupied by new investors, that is changing along with central government consent, ignoring the future consequences and provoking great concern regarding cultural and environmental deterioration starting with the fast effect on water resources.

It is also unsettling the low participation of local people regarding the benefits it brings the economic dynamics, particularly in relation with oil exploitation and the agribusiness boom in the high plains. Our scientists from Orinoquia have not addressed the necessary questions to understand the changes and the impact of new production models. We assume that many questions have not been raised properly, and what is worst: the answers may reach us late, while Colciencias and Colombia's university are worried about the online platforms, applicable taxonomy used with the researchers or in the fulfillment of the agreements reached within the world trade organization.