Domestic scientists have appealed for a legal framework that lures more talent into key sectors, especially modern technology and natural sciences.

They made the call at a workshop hosted by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) in Hanoi on November 19. The event was held to discuss the draft Decree on incentives designed for Vietnamese residing abroad and foreign experts involved in Vietnam’s science-technology innovations.

Delegates shared the view that the framework should gear towards equal and transparent cooperation, with clear responsibilities of all concerned.

According to them, remuneration should be dictated by the market, under which, those with quality research findings will be rewarded with a higher salary, equivalent to the level they are earning overseas.

Dr. Tran Tuan, Director of the Research and Training Centre for Community Development, said what matters most is how to create a favourable environment for foreign specialists to conduct studies, or find creative and scientific solutions to specific problems in Vietnam.

Former VUSTA Vice President Tran Huu Tang said the incentives should target professors, associate professors and PhD holders working in universities abroad, researchers in fields of high demand and young promising scientists.-VNA