Argentina proposed this week in Brazil the creation of a South American Space Agency, an initiative which was supported by host Brazil during a Defence seminar in Sao Paulo.
“It would be vital for our region to have a South American Space Agency, which can be achieved by adding all our technological know-how and forces”, said Argentine Defence minister Arturo Puricelli.
The initiative was welcomed by his Brazilian peer and former Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim, who nevertheless pointed out that all space research in Brazil, depends from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“The idea of a space agency is not an imitation of Europe but rather for our defence, we will have much more to defend and control from space”, added Puricelli.
The two ministers underlined the importance of having a defence industry for the development and equipment of the Armed Forces and the region’s countries defence. At the same time they underlined the growing military cooperation under the umbrella of Unasur, Union of South American Nations.
Amorim spoke about Brazil’s National Defence Strategy which is based on having a strong defence industry, promoted by Brasilia, and the Brazilian government procurement policy of buying from local manufacturers.
“Because of another strategic failure of our elites, the Brazilian defence industry went bust in the nineties. The state would not buy from them, but now with a government procurement policy, we can again activate the production line for Defence, and obviously the production line for Mercosur defence”, said Amorim.