The restructuring of the federal government, both administrative and budgetary, has impacted the science and technology sector.
At the state level, various institutions have had to delay projects, mainly because the resources of the mixed Fund have not flowed, explained the director of the Council of Science and Technology of the state of Querétaro (Concyteq) Raúl Iturralde Olvera.
Among the bodies concerned are the Centre for engineering and Industrial Development (Cidesi), the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ) and the Juriquilla campus of the National Autonomous University of Querétaro (UNAM).
State science and technology agencies have noted delays in the allocation of mixed Fund resources.
“I would express my concern, a concern shared by all state science and technology agencies because we have already experienced some delays, especially in specific programmes such as the mixed fund,” he said.
The mixed funds are one of the two instruments that make up the budget program for regional development of scientific, technological and innovation capacities, which promotes scientific development at the state and municipal levels, through a trust that is made up of contributions from the state, municipal and federal governments.
In view of the delay in the allocation of resources, some institutions had to stop projects that were under development or the new projects had to be recalendarized.
Delays in appointments, he said, could be caused by the planning process in which the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) is still located.
“Then we believe that we cannot yet express a general opinion because Conacyt has not started, it has not started properly yet, it is perhaps still in a planning stage, all this we have shared in the national network of councils and state agencies of Science and technology ” he said.
Therefore, before the Conacyt have raised the concerns of the industry of science and technology of the entity.
According to the Center for Studies of Public Finances, of the Chamber of Deputies, on the budget for fiscal year 2018, an entity approved 139.5 million pesos for this area; and whereas the draft budget of the 2019 was set a bag of 138.9 million pesos: 137.1 were provided fellowships to graduate and of quality supports and 1.8 million for scientific research, development and research. These budgets relate to grant programmes and investment projects for the state.
However, in the words of the president of the Commission of Finance and Credit Public of the Chamber of Deputies, Patricia Terraces Baca, would not have approved resources for this branch in to entity.