HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang awarded Ho Chi Minh and State prizes to the minds behind 32 outstanding scientific projects in 2010 at a ceremony in the capital last Saturday.
|President Truong Tan Sang presents the Ho Chi Minh and State prizes to outstanding scientific projects in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan
The 176 scientists behind the projects come from fields including natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, science and technology, agricultural and medical sciences.
Twelve projects received Ho Chi Minh prizes while 20 were presented with State prizes.
This is the first time that foreign scientists have also been honoured for their participation in the prize-winning projects.
Viet Nam's Fauna and Flora as well as the country's Red Book and Red List are among the noteworthy winners.
The 36-monograph-books feature comprehensive and specific information on the country's fauna and flora and classifies the risk levels for 407 fauna and 448 flora species in Viet Nam.
The work, which forms the scientific basis for the assessment of biodiversity, has been utilised over the past half century.
The study into Viet Nam's marine creatures, also honoured with a State prize, managed to determine the potential of many groups of marine organisms that are national sources of medicinal herbs.
The study in discovering and exploiting oil-reservoir granitoid rocks on Viet Nam's continental shelf, implemented over the last 23 years, serves as a landmark in oil exploration and exploitation. The new technology in oil exploitation has improved the productivity of oil in rocks, accounting for 80 per cent of 300 millions tonnes of oil in 2009.
At the presentation ceremony, President Sang highlighted the contributions made by Vietnamese scientists.
This was the fourth time that the Ho Chi Minh and State prizes for science and technology had been awarded which, he said, was highly significant and helped with the nation's socio-economic development and construction.
The President said he believed that the scientific community would make even more breakthroughs that would greatly help the country and match with the Vietnamese people's intellectual potential.
The awards are granted every five years.
Yesterday, President Nguyen Tan Sang paid a visit to the Lam Kinh Historical Site in central Thanh Hoa Province's Xuan Lam Commune, where Kings of the 15th century Le dynasty are worshipped.
He also paid a visit to the Nghi Son Economic Zone, where he inspected construction on Nghi Son Thermo-electric power plant No 1. The Electricity of Viet Nam project covers an area of 350ha with total investment capital of more than VND22 trillion (US$1.05 billion), 85 per cent of which is funded with loans from the Japanese Government.
At the Nghi Son Oil Refinery, the President was briefed on the progress of the project. In its first phase, the refinery, with an annual capacity of 10 million tonnes of crude oil, had investment capital of about $8 billion. The refinery would increase its capacity to up to 20 millions tonnes of crude oil per year in its second phase.
During talks with resettled households in Hai Yen Commune, one of the areas ceding land to the project, Sang expressed his pleasure at the local synergy.
On the same day, President Sang also worked with key provincial staff.
He praised the province's efforts in recent years, especially in 2011 when it enjoyed economic growth of 12.3 per cent and a revenue of nearly VND5 trillion.
The President noted that the province should use land funds in an economical way, select projects and attract local workers.
At the meeting, the province proposed that capital be mobilised towards implementing key projects, including the construction of the Nghi Son Oil Refinery, upgrading of National Highway 1A, the north-south highway route and the development of Ngoc Lac District as a central urban area. — VNS