Argentina, Spain and Portugal will sign a cooperation agreement on nanotechnology this week in Lisbon, Argentine officials said.

The accord will be signed Tuesday at Laranjeiras Palace by Argentine Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Minister Lino Barañao, Portuguese Education and Science Minister Nuno Crato, and Spanish Ambassador to Portugal Eduardo Junco.

The accord seeks to strengthen technical and scientific cooperation among the three countries, facilitating access for science, technology and innovation institutions, researchers, students and Argentine companies to the Iberian International Nanotechnology Laboratory, or INL, in Braga, Portugal.

"The purpose will be to develop projects in the field of nanotechnology and encourage the Argentine government to promote the training of highly qualified human resources," the Argentine Science Ministry said in a statement.

Barañao will also visit Tuesday the Gulbenkian Science Institute in Lisbon together with Crato and the director of the institute, Jonathan Howard.

The Argentine minister is in Belgium this Monday where he will meet with the director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the European Commission's development agency EuropeAid, Jolita Butkeviciene.

Barañao has another meeting scheduled with the director for the Americas of the European External Action Service, Roland Schaefer.

The Argentine minister will take part Monday afternoon in the 2014 Innovation Convention organized by the European Commission, and will meet with the director for international cooperation at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Maria Cristina Russo. EFE