11:24 | 09/08/2015 Science - Technology
(VEN) - The Fostering Innovation through Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Project Management Board under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) recently organized the International Consultation Workshop on Building a Network of Overseas Vietnamese Experts. Vietnam Economic News’ Quynh Nga interviewed FIRST Project Director Tran Quoc Thang about the event.
How about the objectives of this project?
In recent years, the party and government have recognized the overseas Vietnamese community as an integral part of the Vietnamese people. Overseas Vietnamese experts are seen as potentially being able to boost domestic innovation through research, science and technology. So a network of overseas experts is considered as a component of the FIRST project. This project has been deployed to improve links between domestic and overseas Vietnamese experts in boosting scientific and technological innovation as part of national socioeconomic development. The successful implementation of this component will help attract large numbers of overseas Vietnamese experts.
How has the project been implemented?
There are several communities of overseas Vietnamese scientists, experts and business people operating in different fields. However, we would like to link these communities together to form a network of overseas Vietnamese experts and to support domestic counterparts in scientific and technological research and application.
The workshop was organized to receive advice from overseas Vietnamese as well as international experts and administrators on how to set up, manage and develop a network of overseas Vietnamese experts.
The expertise from the workshop will provide a basis for Vietnamese policy makers to improve the domestic legal framework and for related authorities to devise a plan for establishing a network of overseas Vietnamese experts to attract more experts to return to the country to work.
What do you think about legal changes that are needed to establish such a network?
Such a legal framework would probably have to include favorable treatment offered for overseas Vietnamese experts, scientists and business people to attract them back here.
MoST is calling for overseas Vietnamese experts, scientists and business people to participate in the World Bank-funded FIRST project, which is regarded as one of the country’s largest official development assistance (ODA) attracting projects. Some US$6 million of the US$110 million funds available for this project will be used to support overseas Vietnamese experts who are willing to return home to work. The project is viewed as an important step towards improving the country’s scientific research environment.