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Bolivia and the UK to collaborate in satellite applications

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Bolivia and the Satellite Applications Catapult Center of Harwell, United Kingdom, signed a memorandum of understanding to develop knowledge in science, research, innovation, and higher education fields.

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A press release from the Bolivian Vice Presidency indicates Tuesday that Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera was present at the signing, who visited that center this week.

According to the agreement, the Center for Social Research (CIS) will host a British mission that will visit Bolivia soon, to deepen initiatives exchanges promoted by the European government in research and innovation fields.

Garcia Linera and the British Ambassador in Bolivia, Jeff Glekin, witnessed a demonstration on the valuable information that the satellites can provide with respect to the lithium reserves in the Uyuni salt flat (south), and other important sites in Bolivia.

The Catapult program consists of several independent centers that connect businesses with British communities, the note adds.

Each center specializes in a different area of technology, but all of them offer a space that allows companies and researchers to solve, in a collaborative way, the most important problems that arise in the region development and to find new products and services on a commercial scale.

The satellite program focuses in particular on the development of solutions for various aspects of economic activity through satellite-based applications and performs environmental monitoring of the extractive industry from space.

Bolivia is just one of the four Latin American countries with its own satellite, along with Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela.

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