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VN experts living overseas possess much to contribute

Update: February, 19/2016 - 09:45
Vietnamese experts and intellectuals living and working abroad are core human resources for the nation's science and technology sector, said Nguyen Quan, Minister of Science and Technology. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese experts and intellectuals living and working abroad are core human resources for the nation's science and technology sector, said Nguyen Quan, Minister of Science and Technology.

At a meeting in HCM City on Wednesday, Quan said that attracting these Vietnamese to return to Viet Nam to work is the quickest and most effective way to boost the nation's science, technology, economy and engineering sectors.

The meeting gathered overseas Vietnamese as well as managers and specialists in Viet Nam to discuss fostering Vietnamese innovation through research, science and technology.

An overseas Vietnamese living in the United States, Nguyen Vinh, director of multinational corporation NXT Semiconductors, said that Viet Nam is lacking high-quality human resources because there is a lack of connection between recruiters, and universities and research institutes.

According to Nguyen Phu Binh, head of the Association for Liaison Overseas Vietnamese (ALOV) about 400,000 Vietnamese living abroad have masters degrees or higher, accounting for 10 per cent of the Vietnamese overseas community. Every year, there are only 200 to 300 intellectuals who return to their homeland to work.

He said that the biggest obstacle preventing Vietnamese experts living abroad from returning to Viet Nam is a lack of open, transparent and easy-to-approach administrative procedures.

Pham Gia Minh, ALOV vice general secretary, suggested that besides offering open and preferential policies, State agencies, enterprises, training and research institutes should share technical, scientific and technological information and invite overseas experts and intellectuals for bids.

At the meeting, minister Quan said that administrative procedures hindering scientists will be made less complex.

The minister said that Viet Nam has nearly finalised legal documents to create favourable conditions for science and technology to develop, including newly-issued regulations for a start-up environment that focuses on venture capital funds. Experts and intellectuals will be ensured rights regarding materials, intellectual property, patents and inventions. — VNS

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