Vietnam expanding international sci-tech cooperation

13:10 | 09/04/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - International science and technology (sci-tech) integration has enabled Vietnam’s sci-tech development and provided with it access to cutting-edge technology.

vietnam expanding international sci tech cooperation

Agreements, more agreements

The Ministry of Science and Technology says international cooperation and integration is an important channel for Vietnam to access foreign management expertise and mobilize technological and financial resources for the country’s sci-tech development.

Vietnam has scientific and technological relations with almost 70 countries and territories, including Russia, Japan, the US, Germany, and Finland. It has also joined 100 international sci-tech organizations, and signed and implemented more than 80 government-level and ministerial-level sci-tech cooperation protocols.

Vietnam has reached many cooperation agreements in the fields of biotechnology, advanced material technology, space technology, atomic energy and new energy, and projects on enhancing national sci-tech capacity, such as funding packages worth millions of US dollars as part of cooperative projects with Finland and the World Bank.

Dr. Nguyen Duc Minh, General Director of the Industrial Machinery and Instruments Holding (IMI), said international sci-tech cooperation plays an important role in scientific research and technology transfer development. It enables the institute to obtain and apply modern technology appropriate for conditions in Vietnam to create high-tech products as state-of-the-art as those it could buy only from other countries in the past, he said. While enhancing international sci-tech cooperation, IMI has also succeeded in providing consultancy and technological solutions for domestic businesses, Minh said.

Striving for independence

The government has formulated many policies and guidelines to promote international sci-tech integration. For example, Prime Ministerial Decision 418/QD-TTg on the country’s sci-tech development strategy for the years 2011-2020 identifies international sci-tech integration as an important goal and solution for achieving international-level development. The directive urges sci-tech active, creative integration towards ensuring national independence, sovereignty and security, equality, and mutual benefit. Prime Ministerial Decision 538/QD-TTg, which approves bilateral and multilateral sci-tech research cooperation programs to 2020, targets a rapid increase in the number of research institutes, universities and enterprises directly involved in research cooperation programs with foreign partners, and an annual growth of 15-20 percent in the number of internationally published research cooperation projects.

At a recent Ministry of Science and Technology meeting reviewing last year’s sci-tech activities and plans for 2018, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac said intensive cooperation with foreign partners to learn from their experience and promote startup development is a key task of the sci-tech sector in 2018.

The sci-tech sector will build and implement strategic and long-term research cooperation programs, focusing on important and urgent issues.

Quynh Nga