PM hails science-technology’s role in economic development hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the conference (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has stressed the important role played by science and technology in promoting production value and economic growth, and asked for more efforts to effectively develop the sector in the coming time.

Speaking at a conference held by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Hanoi on January 9 to review scientific and technological activities in 2017, the Government leader praised state management of science and technology at all levels in the year.

It is necessary to continue creating breakthroughs in improving the innovation index and consider enterprises as a centre of innovation, he said.

Attention should be paid to building laws related to science and technology development and policies on using human resources, as well as increasing investment in the sector, he noted.

PM Phuc also pointed out shortcomings that must be solved in the coming time in order to promote the application of science and technology in production and business activities, and commercialization of science-technology products.

Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said the sector served as a driving force for the nation’s socio-economic development.

The year 2017 witnessed great efforts in renovating state management and effective collaboration among ministries and sectors to foster the development of science and technology, he added.

Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh said the ministry will continue fine-tuning legal regulations; encourage the implementation of science and technology tasks in connection with enterprises’ development and promote application of high technologies in  agriculture development, especially for key farm products for export./.