Sci-tech development and application a priority policy: PM hinh anh 1PM Pham Minh Chinh (fifth from left, front row) with delegates at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Party always considers sci-tech development and application a top priority and one of the most important driving forces for socio-economic development, said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Concluding a conference on developing the science and technology market held both online and in-person in Hanoi on September 23, PM Chinh said over the past  years, the Vietnamese Party and State have issued a number of policies and laws to develop the sci-tech sector.

He asked ministries, agencies and localities to remove barriers regarding mechanisms and policies to provide a synchronous, effective and modern sci-tech market as stipulated at the 13th National Party Congress, as well as incorporate sci-tech market development into the annual and five-year socio-economic development plans.

At the same time, two major goals and seven groups of measures set at the national sci-tech market development programme till 2030 must be fulfilled, he said.

The PM requested building and piloting a policy to commercialise intellectual property using the State budget or under the PPP model, and encourage firms to import core technologies and master their uses via consultations with research institutes and universities.

It is a must to step up the development of the sci-tech ecosystem and sci-tech market ecosystem at all levels in a synchronous and comprehensive manner, he said.

On the occasion, the government leader asked other countries and international organisations to continue working closely with Vietnam in this regard.

He also expressed hope that Vietnamese scientists abroad will engage more effectively in the transfer of modern and green technologies to individuals and organisations at home, thus making active contributions to the country’s industrialisation and modernisation process.

PM Chinh believed that under the Party and State’s directions, and with the determination of ministries, agencies, localites and support of businesses and citizens at home and abroad, Vietnam’s sci-tech market will continue to contribute to the cause of national construction and development.

In late May, Vietnam issued a national strategy for scientific-technological development and innovation until 2030.

Accordingly, science, technology and innovation will play important roles in developing key industries in Vietnam, with a focus on the processing and manufacturing industries, contributing to restructuring the national economy toward modernity by 2030.

Science, technology and innovation are hoped to significantly contribute to building and developing Vietnam’s cultural, social and human values, providing scientific grounds for developing national development guidelines and policies, and contribute to the human development index (HDI).

To achieve these goals, attention will be paid to boosting scientific-technological and innovative activities nationwide, and setting up innovative ecosystems in industrial, agricultural and service sectors in connection with domestic and global value chains and industry clusters, in which large enterprises and State management agencies are responsible for creating favourable conditions and policies.

A system of national innovative centres will be linked with hi-tech zones, residential areas, financial centres, venture capital funds, universities and research institutes.

Additionally, open innovation platforms and networks will be developed to attract domestic and foreign investment resources towards creating new technologies and products, and setting up new enterprises.

Another key mission in the strategy is to develop scientific human resources with a high level of innovation and creative capacity.

The Government will also put an emphasis on building highly qualified scientific human resources, including leading scientists that can match the level of their counterparts in developed nations.

Other policies and mechanisms should be introduced to provide financial support and facilitate immigration as well as working permit procedures for overseas Vietnamese or foreigners who wish to participate in domestic scientific activities.

A network to connect talented overseas Vietnamese scientists should be also formed./