The Programme of Connecting Vietnam Innovation Network 2018 was launched in Hanoi on August 19. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Programme of Connecting Vietnam Innovation Network 2018, which gathered hundreds of talented Vietnamese in the fields of science and technology, was launched in Hanoi on August 19.

The event was jointly held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education and Training. It saw the attendance of by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said that in a earlier meeting with overseas Vietnamese talents in science and technology the same day, Prime Minister Phuc lauded their return, especially in the era of industry 4.0 which poses both opportunities and challenges to the nation.

Currently, the ministry is working with relevant ministries and sectors to build a national strategy on industry 4.0, which comprises the establishment of innovation centres, and mobilisation of experts and scientists, he said, adding that the innovation network initiative has lured the participation of more than 100 overseas Vietnamese scientists so far.

The proramme will gather overseas Vietnamese and domestic scientists who will meet to exchange and share visions as well as strategies for scientific and technological development in the sectors that Vietnam needs to accelerate in the coming time, Dung said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh laid stress on human resource issue, seeing it as a competitive factor to promote the country’s growth quality.

The launching ceremony was followed by a dialogue on connection of science and technology community, and policies on innovation network connection in Vietnam.-VNA