President Tran Dai Quang (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang has requested the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) to build a strong, competent staff that is able to address the country’s theoretical and practical issues, thus contributing more to national development.

Attending a ceremony to mark Vietnamese Science and Technology Day on May 18 in Hanoi, the President hailed the achievements of the VASS as an important factor helping change the face of the Vietnamese social science sector.

The VASS has provided scientific grounds to draw up the Party’s policies and the State’s laws.

Social sciences have also helped protect and develop Marxism-Leninism, Ho Chi Minh thoughts, as well as the guidelines and policies of the Party and State, while affirming the formation and development of the nation, national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and preserving cultural values, he stated.

The State leader asked the social science sector and the academy to successfully carry out the 12th National Party Congress’s resolution, promote the strength of the socialist democracy and great national unity, and continue providing scientific grounds to build a new development strategy for the country.

The VASS was also required to intensify studies on social scientific issues in all fields of the society in order to better the role of supplying advisory services for the Party Central Committee, the Politburo and the Secretariat on building the Party’s documents, resolutions and decrees.

On this occasion, Nguyen Quang Thuan was assigned to become the new VASS President replacing Nguyen Xuan Thang.

Thang, who is President of the National Academy of Public Administration, was honoured with the Labour Order, first class.

On the same day, President Tran Dai Quang paid a working visit to the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) on the occasion of the academy’s 41 st founding anniversary (May 20).

He affirmed that the Party and State always pay attention to developing and boosting the application of science and technology, considering it one of the motivations for socio-economic development and national safeguarding.

The national development cause requires the high consensus of all resources, especially the knowledge and creativeness of scientists, he said.

He suggested the VASS focus on developing spearhead scientific and technological fields which are practical to industrialisation and modernisation, and intensifying the application of advanced sciences and technologies in production and daily life.-VNA