Sci-tech as strategic driving force for development

13:00 | 23/08/2021 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The Vietnamese Communist Party considers rapid and sustainable development based mainly on science and technology (S&T) and innovation as a vital national strategy. The Ministry of Science and Technology is working with the government to create the best conditions enabling these goals.

sci tech as strategic driving force for development
Policies have been increasingly improved to create more favorable conditions for sci-tech research and innovation activities

Driving force for development

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said science and technology contributed significantly to socioeconomic development in the 2016-2020 period. Vietnam's Global Innovation Index (GII), according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), improved by 17 places, while the total-factor productivity (TFP) contributed 45.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) growth, up from 33.6 percent in the 2011-2015 period, and labor productivity growth reached an annual 5.9 percent, compared to 4.3 percent in the 2011-2015 period.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan, Director of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture, said science, technology and innovation have made important contributions to agricultural development, making Vietnam one of the world’s top 15 farm produce exporters. Science, technology and innovation have also helped improve farmers' lives and the face of rural areas, added value to products, and increased production efficiency. Science and technology have contributed over 30 and 38 percent to the added value of the agricultural sector in general and the production of plant varieties and livestock in particular.

sci tech as strategic driving force for development
Enterprises are increasing investment in science and technology

“I believe that sci-tech achievements will not only help solve the problems related to people's livelihood and socioeconomic development, but also help strengthen national defense capability and ensure national security. Strengthening sci-tech capability will also open up new opportunities for the country in the context of international integration,” said Dr. Nguyen Truong Thanh Hieu of Ton Duc Thang University.

Favorable research environment

Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat said Vietnam needs to continue innovating thinking, consistently implement solutions for innovation system development, improve sci-tech level and management policies, promote the development of innovation ecosystems and start-ups, and strengthen cooperation and international integration in science and technology and innovation.

In the context of the complex and unpredictable developments of the modern world and the unprecedented changes caused by the new industrial revolution and the global Covid-19 pandemic, the sci-tech sector needs to catch up with new trends and solve new problems in order to contribute to realizing the government's dual goal of pandemic control and sustainable socioeconomic development.

The Ministry of Science and Technology will work with the government to create a better environment and conditions for scientific research, technological development and innovation, said Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat.

According to Prof. Doctor of Science Pham Hoang Hiep from the Institute of Mathematics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the party and the state have adopted policies to create more favorable conditions for scientists and investment in scientific research has increased. “With the interest and direction of the party, the state and the Ministry of Science and Technology, I believe that Vietnam's science and technology will develop more strongly,” Hiep said.

The science and technology sector will focus on institutional improvement, increase investment in sci-tech and innovation, develop the sci-tech and innovation market, prioritize technological innovation and human resource development, and improve enterprises’ innovation capacity.

Quynh Nga