US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Clune suggested a number of future fields of cooperation between the US and Vietnam at the seventh meeting of the Vietnam-US Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation in Hanoi on Dec. 10.

At the two-day meeting that wrapped up on Dec. 10, discussion centred around the fields of health care, ICT, oceanic science-environment-climate change, agriculture-biotechnology-biodiversity, scientific education and the exchange of research, universe space, energy, traffic safety and measurement standards.

More than 40 oceanic and international environment scientists and researchers from the US shared their experiences with almost 50 Vietnamese colleagues in the field.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh affirmed that the US is one of the important partners in Vietnam ’s scientific and technological cooperation.

In the next decade, the two countries’ business and science-technology communities will be offered many priorities for development, especially in the sharing of information and knowledge, technology transfer and renovation, the development of strong research teams, building and implementation of joint research projects and encouragement of major US groups to invest in Vietnam ’s science and technology, he said.

Apart from organizing the meeting under the two governments’ cooperation agreement in the field, the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology and US Department of State have organized a number of significant events.

They include the Vietnam-US scientific seminar on East Sea oceanography and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the New York Botanical Garden and a MoU between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the US Department of the Interior on scientific and technological cooperation in the earth and effective management of natural resources./.