11:30 | 11/05/2018 Science - Technology
(VEN) - A delegation of the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology visited Cuba last month and met with officials of the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The two sides affirmed the need to further strengthen and expand bilateral science and technology (sci-tech) cooperation.
A Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology representative noted that the two countries signed a government-level framework agreement on sci-tech cooperation in 1997. At the 35th session of the Vietnam-Cuba Inter-government Committee held in October 2017 in Hanoi, the two sides affirmed the importance of cooperation in this field and the key role of science and technology in socioeconomic and social welfare development.
During his official visit to Cuba in late March, Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Raul Castro Ruz, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, attended the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening sci-tech cooperation between their countries. The agreement updates the 1997 document according to current development demands.
The MoU stipulates that the two sides will promote joint research and scientific research related to the industrial processes of the two countries, with special importance to environmental protection. They will also foster the participation of young researchers and human resources training, apply joint research results to industry, and facilitate the exchange of experience and information between researchers, universities and businesses from the two countries.
Within the framework of a March 29 La Habana-based talk between the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) and Cuba’s Agency for Nuclear Energy and Advanced Technologies (AENTA) signed an MoU on implementation of a project to provide technical assistance for eradiation equipment application at the Food Industry Research Institute (IIIA), and support for Cuba to develop its national eradiation technology application capability.
Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh said the potential for bilateral sci-tech cooperation development is huge. While Vietnam has sci-tech strengths in the fields agriculture (rice, coffee, and aquaculture), telecommunications, construction, building materials, atomic energy, and high-tech zone development, Cuba is strong in healthcare, biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, and tourism planning, Anh said.
Vietnam and Cuba will prioritize cooperation in agriculture and healthcare-oriented biotechnology, information and communication technology, renewable energy, biodiversity, construction planning, nuclear medicine, and high-tech zone management and cooperation.