Hà Nội – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved the Science and Technology Development Strategy for the 2010-20 period which targets boosting the value of high-tech and applied science products to about 45 per cent of GDP by 2020.
Under the strategy, the value of the science and technology (S&T) market will increase by an average of 15-17 per cent per year.
The development strategy also requires an increase in the ratio of scientific researchers and professional staff in information and communication technologies (ICT) to nine or ten people per ten thousand. Up to 5000 highly skilled engineers will be trained to manage and operate high tech production lines in Việt Nam's spear-headed fields by 2015.
Việt Nam aims to have 60 internationally qualified basic and applied science research centres by 2020 which are capable of tackling the country's vital S&T issues. The number of S&T organisations will eventually reach 6000.
Under the approved strategy, Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology and Việt Nam Academy of Social Sciences have been chosen to become the leading S&T organisations in Việt Nam and ASEAN. Each key economic region must have their own S&T establishments linked with their potential and economic advantages. These S&T establishments will have a close link with universities to implement S&T works. Building S&T organisations under economic groups is also encouraged.
The S&T management mechanism will gradually shift from a State-owned model to self-reliant mechanisms in accordance with law.
During the 2010-2020 period, Việt Nam will prioritise S&T development in the areas of communication and information technology, bio-technology, material technology, automation, mechanic – machinery technology and environmental technology. – VNS