Hanoi (VNA) – The Government needs to support enterprises that invest in science and technology to create national products, especially in market access, advertising and protecting their trademarks, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

Accessing markets is the biggest challenge for these enterprises, Dam said while chairing a meeting of the Steering Committee of National Science and Technology Programme in Hanoi on January 9.

He said most Vietnamese businesses are small and medium sized. Although they produce a lot of products, not many of them are recognised as typical national products.

Therefore, the Deputy PM, who is also head of the steering committee, suggested that the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) urge enterprises to register national products.

“To be recognised as national ones, products have to meet certain criteria. Once they become national products, they would be promoted and protected by the State and the whole community,” Dam said.

Due to limited resources for national science and technology programmes, priority should be given to sectors that Vietnam had potential in, he said.

A report delivered at the meeting by MoST showed positive results have been made in the national product development programme, national high-tech development programme and national renovation technology programme over the past few years.

These above-mentioned programmes drew more than 150 firms with over 4.3 trillion VND (185 million USD) in investment by the end of last year.

Of these, many enterprises have average growth rate of 18.8 percent, with some at up to 50 percent.

While emphasising the need to continue implementing these programmes, participants also pointed out shortcomings which need to be dealt with, including solving obstacles relating to financial mechanisms for investment in science and technology.

It is necessary to synchronise mechanisms which link the three national programmes with incentives relating to loans, bank credit and development funds, they said.

Special support should be given to enterprises which have national or high-tech products in the domestic market. They should also be helped to advertise themselves overseas.

Vu Dai Thang, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, said each country has its own national products.

According to him, policies to support national products have been stipulated in the National Product Development Programme by 2020 which was approved in 2010.

The goal of the programme is to develop products under the Made-in-Vietnam brand that have high competitiveness and will benefit the country, and to promote technology upgrades for their production.

“National products must be competitive in terms of quality of businesses. Therefore, the Ministry of Science and Technology should call on enterprises to enhance connectivity, creating products and goods bearing Vietnamese brands with added value and high competitiveness in the market,” Dam said.-VNA