A working delegation from the Ministry of Science and Technology on November 22 introduced FIRST, a project to foster innovations through scientific and technological research, to Vietnamese experts and intellectuals working in the UK.

Addressing the workshop, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao stressed that the embassy will act as a bridge connecting FIRST’s management board and Vietnamese intellectuals in the UK, in a bid to make the project successful.

Participants at the function expressed their hope for more concrete support for Vietnamese experts living aboard when they join the project.

FIRST was launched in October 2013, using a soft loan from the World Bank. Its long-term objectives are to help improve the productivity, competitiveness and growth quality of Vietnam ’s economy through increasing the efficiency of scientific research activities and the technological application.

It also targets technological innovations in businesses in order to increase added value to the economy.-VNA