How to apply effectively mathematics in socio-economic development is the main subject discussed at the Vietnam International Applied Mathematics Conference which began in Ho Chi Minh City (VIAMIC 2013) on December 19.

Jointly organised by the Vietnam Society for Application of Mathematics (VSAM) and Sai Gon University, the two-day event attracts over 100 Vietnamese and foreign mathematicians.

Speaking at the opening, Dr. Tong Dinh Quy, Vice President and General Secretary of VSAM underlined the significance of applied mathematics to production, business and service fields, saying that it is considered as an important tool to raise the competitiveness of the economy.

He therefore called on enterprises to make investment in and support research projects in the field.

The conference received nearly 50 research papers, introducing the latest advances in applying maths and information technology in managing economics, finance and risk.

Participants also gave opinions on what must be done to further develop mathematics in Vietnam.-VNA