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Science and technology vital to Vietnam’s development

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- With increasing international integration, science and technology plays a key role in the country’s economic development.
Dung made the statement while chairing a conference held in Hanoi on Friday by the committee.
Enterprises are increasingly aware of the role of science and technology in sustainable development. Thus, large enterprises and corporations including Viettel, Vingroup and Truong Hai Auto Corporation have hiked investment in such development.

A ceramic tile production line of Prime-Đại Viet Joint Stock Company.

According to the Party and the State, science and tech provide leverage for restructuring the economy, shifting the growth model and increasing the productivity, efficiency and competitive edge of the economy toward making Vietnam a modern industrial country.
Participants at the conference said the Law on Science and Technology had created breakthroughs, namely renovation of policies on the use and remuneration of human resources and the application of research results and dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge. The investment in this field and usage and management of the State budget and finance for research were also renewed, they said.
While acknowledging the sector had achieved remarkable results, contributing to national development, participants said it faced a number of challenges.
Ha Quy Quynh, head of the Technology Application and Implementation Department, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said the shortage of human resources was the biggest issue.
The number of scientific and technological researchers has not reached the rate of 10-12 per 10,000 people.
Human resources in ethnic minority, remote areas, islands and those facing economic difficulties were very low, she said.
Quynh blamed this on the lack of coordination in planning and training of professional experts in many fields.
Lack of synchronisation in policies and a legal corridor for science and technology, as well as low competence in the work, were also a problem.
“There is no flexible mechanism to create strong links between scientists, research institutes and enterprises,” she said.
To promote the development of the sector in the future, Quynh said, human resources was a pre-requisite.
“If there is no staff who meet the requirements, it is difficult to achieve success even with modern equipment.”
“Priority should be given to human resources to have high quality staff and that they master skills rele-vant to the fields to be developed,” she said.
According to Nguyen Thi Hoai Le, Head of the Scientific Management Department under Vietnam Acad-emy of Social Sciences, to develop the contingent of scientists, there should be synchronised policies at different levels including in high schools.

(Latest UpdateSeptember 17, 2019)

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