Vietnam forges ahead with int’l sci-tech cooperation

06:00 | 22/04/2020 Science - Technology

(VEN) - International cooperation on science and technology (sci-tech) is a vital element in Vietnam’s foreign economic relations, which not only attracts foreign resources and technologies, but also improves the domestic sci-tech level.

vietnam forges ahead with intl sci tech cooperation

Enterprises participate in international science and technology exhibitions to learn about technology demands of foreign partners

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Vietnam has recently expanded international cooperation on sci-tech with many partners and organizations in the region and the world. In 2019 alone, seven cooperation documents were signed with partners from the Republic of Korea (RoK), Sweden, Switzerland and Cuba. Vietnam also organized nine joint committee meetings on sci-tech cooperation with Russia, Germany, Belarus and five inter-governmental committee working sessions with partners including Laos, the RoK, Mongolia, Cuba, Romania, and Belgium.

In 2019, the MoST continued to implement cooperation deals signed with partners including Laos, China, Japan, the RoK, Israel and the United States; coordinated with international organizations such as IAEA, WIPO and UNESCO; completed the Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Program Phase 2 (IPP2) with much useful experience in developing an innovation system in Vietnam; continued to implement key projects, such as the Vietnam-Korea Institute of Science and Technology (V-KIST), the Fostering Innovation through Research, Science and Technology project (FIRST), and the project on Vietnam’s digital economy future.

The Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) also coordinated with the MoST to implement a state-funded training project fostering sci-tech human resources at home and abroad; participated in seminars, conferences, short-term training programs in the field of innovation organized by international organizations such as ISO, CODEX, and ACCSQ. Notably, in 2019 the department and Siemens Group (Germany) cooperated to promote the development of industrial enterprises in Vietnam through the introduction of modern automation and digitalization technologies for a number of typical industries. The cooperation with Siemens and international organizations aimed to help businesses develop and implement their digital transformation roadmaps.

From the perspective of enterprises, the Industrial Machinery and Instruments Holding Joint Stock Company (IMI) praised the international cooperation in science and technology which helps Vietnam master technologies suited to local conditions and create high-tech products of international standards. In addition, by promoting international cooperation on science and technology, IMI has gained initial success in consulting and providing technology solutions and equipment for domestic businesses. As a result, it has become a partner of many manufacturers of modern technology equipment in the world’s advanced countries.

To improve the effectiveness of cooperation in science and technology, the sci-tech units and enterprises need to strengthen their scientific and technological capabilities so that they can master advanced technologies, and correctly valuate technologies for favorable negotiations and transfers.

Quynh Nga