|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong addressing at the seventh national congress of the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) for the 2015-20 tenure yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan
HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has asked the intellectual circle to play a significant role in national construction and development, especially in the current age of industrialisation, modernisation and international integration, as well as for building a knowledge-based economy.
Addressing the seventh national congress of the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) for the 2015-20 tenure yesterday, Trong said investing in the intellectual circle was as good as investing in sustainable development.
Over the past 30 years, VUSTA, a member of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, has served as a meeting place for both national as well as overseas intellectuals in the science and technology field. It had also provided them a platform to contribute to national development and defence, said the Party chief.
He urged the union to stay active in implementing the Party Central Committee's resolution on developing science and technology in the country, while working closely with the Ministry of Education and Training for revamping the education sector.
He also asked the union to strengthen the political education of intellectuals to help raise their sense of responsibility toward the nation and deepening the relations between the Party, State, people, and intellectual circle.
The union should complete policies and mechanisms promptly for maximising the potential of the circle, he noted.
The union should also serve as a trustworthy advisory body to the Party and State, especially in gathering the brainpower of intellectuals, while contributing critical ideas to the Party and State's policies and major socio-economic projects and programmes, the leader said.
Professor Dr. Dang Vu Minh was re-elected as President of VUSTA for the 2015-20 tenure.
Delegates at the congress also elected four vice presidents, a 173-member central council, a nine-member inspection committee, a 25-member presidium, and a five-member presidium standing committee for the new tenure.
Over the next five years, the union is set to focus on promoting its strength in consultations, social critiques, and appraisals, while enhancing scientific research and the application of scientific and technological advances for environmental protection, community development, and poverty reduction.
Meanwhile, the 140-member union will improve its role in gathering and promoting the creativity of Vietnamese intellectuals in the science and technology field, supporting the operation of member associations, and increasing international cooperation.
The union is expecting to emerge as a strong organisation by 2020, contributing to make science and technology a significant factor for the country's economy and international integration, as well as sustainable growth.
A club including overseas intellectuals will also be formed to encourage their engagement in settling specific issues in the country. — VNS