On December 18th the Center for Technological, Business and Social Innovation (CITES) was finally launched. The ceremony took place in the premises of our Corporate Building, with the presence of prominent personalities in the political, scientific-technological, academic and corporate fields, as well as the media and Advisors and Directors of Grupo Sancor Seguros.
It is important to highlight the presence of the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Jorge Capitanich; the Minister of Science and Technology , Lino Barañao; the Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Casamiquela; the General Secretary for the Presidency of the Nation, Oscar Parrilli; the Vice-Governor of Santa Fe, Jorge Henn; and the Mayor of Sunchales, Ezequiel Bolatti, among other prominent personalities. Representing our Group, Alfredo Panella (President) and Néstor Abatidaga (CEO of our Group and President of CITES) lead the event. Before the ceremony, the guests could visit the premises where CITES will be running during this first stage, the building located in Belgrano Av., in Sunchales.
The official launching ceremony opened with a video explaining what CITES is. After that, the CEO of our Group and President of CITES, Néstor Abatidaga, gave a speech in which he pointed out that he decided to create the Center because “a country grows with a prolific platform of small and medium-sized companies with high added value, that do research, develop and create skilled jobs.
And I believe that we cannot ask the State for all the solutions. As entrepreneurs and citizens, each of us, from our own place, can help create better conditions to strengthen regional economies and contribute to economic growth with social equity”. The Vice-Governor, Jorge Henn, expressed the commitment from the Provincial Government to support this kind of initiatives, and he also highlighted how important they are for the State, since they allow “the improvement of human standards and the development of the province”.
Finally, Jorge Capitanich praised the work of Grupo Sancor Seguros and the spirit of cooperation that makes it possible for communities to achieve sustainable growth, based on corporate social responsibility. He also emphasized the importance of the creation of CITES and the development opportunities that it entails, since it generates, not only new jobs for scientists and technologists, but also new opportunities that will arise from the companies that will be created within the Center.
Furthermore, he pointed out that “the best tools for long-term economic competitiveness are science, technology, productive innovation and human capital development. If we have the possibility to accumulate capital and generate long-term productivity, we will get a dense and diverse productive infrastructure, with opportunities for business innovation, investment and quality jobs”.
The creation of CITES aims to fulfill social objectives, allowing, facilitating, and fostering the creation of new industries and companies that produce goods and services, as well as enhancing the current technological capabilities; encouraging technology transfer activities; promoting fund-raising for the development of scientific and technological projects; and training human resources to achieve these goals.
We have to remember that the Center for Technological, Business and Social Innovation (CITES) is a pioneering initiative in the private sector of our country and it is based on four areas of the scientific-technological field: biotechnology, nanotechnology, ICT and engineering. The benefits obtained will have a direct impact in various sectors such as agriculture, livestock production, dairy production, the metal and mechanical industry, renewable energies, medicine, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, software and telecommunications, among others.