Việt Nam and Laos convened the fourth meeting of their Scientific and Technological Co-operation Committee in Cửa Lò town, the central province of Nghệ An, yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tá Chuyên
NGHỆ AN – Việt Nam and Laos convened the fourth meeting of their Scientific and Technological Co-operation Committee in Cửa Lò town, the central province of Nghệ An, yesterday.
At the meeting, the two sides agreed on priorities in co-operating during 2017-19, with the focus on helping the Lao Science and Technology Development Fund in its operation, assisting Laos in completing the creation of its legal infrastructure and enhancing technical capacities in the safe use of radiation.
Việt Nam will also support Laos in increasing information and statistical capacities of Lao scientific and technological officials.
The two sides will also boost investment activities and technology transfers between the two countries, and cooperate in intellectual property fields.
They further signed memoranda of understanding on cooperation between the two countries’ National Funds for Science and Technology Development and between Việt Nam’s State Agency for Technology Innovation and Laos’ Technology and Innovation Department.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngọc Anh said that, after the third meeting in 2014, the two countries’ ministries of science and technology actively coordinated in implementing a project on building a centre training Lao scientific and technological managing officials.
The centre will be put into operation in the fourth quarter of this year and become a symbol for cooperation between the two ministries, he noted.
Lao Minister of Science and Technology Boviengkham Vongdara praised the outcomes of co-operation projects between the two sides, which have brought about practical benefits for the Lao people, especially scientists.
The experience Việt Nam has shared through the implementation of projects is valuable for Laos in stepping up its scientific and technological development, he added. — VNS