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Hanoi(VNA) –
Draft documents submitted to the 12th National Party Congress continue to lay stress on the development of science and technology as a priority and the most important driving force for economic growth, environmental protection and strengthened defence and security.

Discussing the content, Nguyen Viet Dung, Director of Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Science and Technology, underscored two new points compared to previous documents.

First of all, investment in technology development and application must go before everything else in all sectors and agencies. The other point is that all resources should be mobilised for the purpose apart from the State budget, thus it is necessary to have more policies to encourage social investment in the field.

Among measures put forth by the draft for promoting technology development and application, the official took note of the solution on building scientific-technological organisations using advanced models and suitable operation mechanisms, as well as boosting international cooperation, and completing relevant legal frameworks on innovation and start-up activities.-VNA