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Cablegate: White House Science Official Richard Russell Meets

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SUBJECT: White House Science Official Richard Russell Meets
Argentine Counterparts

1. Ambassador Richard Russell, United States Representative to the
2007 World Radiocommunication Conference, and concurrently Deputy
Director for Technology of the Office of Science and Technology
Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, visited
Argentina on August 27 and 28. Ambassador Russell's delegation also
included officials from the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration, Department of Commerce; Department of
State; Federal Communications Commission; Defense Spectrum
Organization; and the Air Force Frequency Management Agency.


2. Ambassador Russell and his delegation met with the Government of
Argentina (GOA) Secretary of Communications Lisandro Salas and his
staff. At this meeting, Ambassador Russell and Secretary Salas
reviewed the two nations' radio-frequency spectrum and satellite
orbit positions ahead of the October 2007 Geneva World
Radiocommunication Conference.

3. Separately, Ambassador Russell and his delegation also met with
senior GOA science and technology officials to discuss current
developments in basic research, telecommunications, biotechnology
and nanotechnology. The two sides also reviewed the status of the
many active science and technology partnerships between our two
nations. GOA participants included Ms. Agueda Menvielle, National
Director for International Cooperation, Secretary of Science,
Technology and Productive Innovation; Dr. Lino Baranao, President,
National Agency for the Promotion of Science, Technology and
Innovation; and Dr. Jorge Tezon, Manager for Science and Technology
Development, National Research Council.

4. Ambassador Russell and his delegation also held a breakfast
meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce's Subcommittee on
Telecommunications. Subjects discussed included Argentina's fixed
and mobile telecommunications market; future satellite and mobile
communications trends; the planned January 2008 public auction in
the United States of the analog spectrum and subsequent transfer to
the digital standard for transmitting TV over-the-air in February
2009; and spectrum limitations in the United States.

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