The Hoa Lac High-Tech Park in Hanoi (File Photo)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an official development assistance (ODA) loan agreement worth 12.865 billion JPY (117.8 million USD) for the Hoa Lac Science and Technology City Development Project.

Under the project, basic infrastructure will be built for an integrated science and industrial technology centre named Hoa Lac High-Tech Park (HHTP).

The park will provide research, development, education and training in the Hoa Lac area on the outskirts of Hanoi.

The project will also promote human resource education and advanced science and technology at the centre.

Previously, Japan provided 15.218 billion JPY for the first ODA loan for this project in March 2012.

Vietnam has increased its budget for science and technology each year, but a large gap separates the country from advanced ASEAN nations.

It still persists in terms of science and technology indicators issued by international agencies.

Experts said that building a collaborative system for research institutions, educational institutions and industry while promoting advanced and practical technological development will be the key to address these issues.

JICA’s policy is to implement projects that address development issues in Vietnam and offer coordination for JICA’s various types of assistance, which include Japanese ODA loans, technical cooperation and grant aid.

The HHTP, approved in 1998, is the first and the largest hi-tech facility in Vietnam with total area of 1,586 ha. The park is located along Hanoi’s Thang Long Boulevard, convenient for transport links to Noi Bai International Airport and Hai Phong deep-sea port. It is expected to become a model science city and a national hub for technology development and application.-VNA