At the conference (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Vietnamese and Israeli experts, businesses, officials and researchers discussed policies on innovation for Vietnam during a conference in Hanoi on June 19.

Opening the event, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung, head of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) said that the institute is drafting a national strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, adding that international experience gained after the event will be useful for the work.

Meanwhile, Israeli Ambassador Nadav Eshcar said that Vietnam and Israel have established strong partnership over decades, and similarities in country and people would enable them to share experience and learn from each other’s lessons.

Israel is now a start-up country, rising from a land of sand and deserts with poor natural resources to become a leading nation in innovation, he said.

He said that Israel’s innovation has been promoted in areas of technology, including medical technology, automation, mechanics, agricultural technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, aerospace and many other sectors.

The ambassador expressed his hope that experience from the Israel can be useful for Vietnam, helping the country make breakthrough progress in integration.

Israeli expert Prof. Avishay Braverman said that the foundation of Israel’s high technology is agriculture. So far, water and agricultural technology from Israel has made its global coverage with application in 50 percent of low-pressure watering system and 350 desalination plants in 40 countries.

Israel is the world leading country in collecting, treating and recycling wastewater, he noted.

Prof. Braverman stressed the need to prepare infrastructural facilities for training as well as investment in development.

The Government, enterprises and community should join hands in researching and applying high technology in life, he said, highlighting the role of the Government in encouraging innovation and creating favourable policies in the field.

Along with creating a creative environment and use talents, it is necessary to invest in research and human resources development, said Prof. Braverman.

He also shared experience in innovation and building policies for innovation as well as Israel’s experience and opportunities for developing countries like Vietnam, along with what the Government and businesses should do to take advantages of the chances.-VNA