|Visitors at the exhibition on Creative Renovation and Science and Technology Communication 2014 that opened yesterday at the Da Nang University of Technology. The one-day event was one of the activities to celebrate Viet Nam's Science and Technology Day that falls on May 18. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Tran Lam
DA NANG (VNS) — The central city hosted the nation's first National Science and Technology Week yesterday.
The event provided a forum for Vietnamese scientists, for students to display their innovations and for foreign experts to share their experiences and update themselves on technology and research.
"It's not only an event for Vietnamese scientists, but also for younger people," Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Tran Quoc Khanh, said.
"Viet Nam's science and technology sector aims for rapid and sustainable development over the next six years," he said. "The event is part of a series of programmes to be held in Ha Noi, HCM City, and Bac Giang."
Recent statistics show that Viet Nam's investment in Research and Development was only about 0.7 per cent of its GDP (equal to US$700 million), of which 70 per cent came from the Government's budget.
Viet Nam and Finland are co-operating on the second phase of an Innovation Partnership Programme in Viet Nam between 2012-16. Many hi-tech businesses from Finland have been seeking investment opportunities in Viet Nam.
The programme, which provides Official Development Assistance from Finland, aims to strengthen Viet Nam's National Innovation System.
The first phase of the programme was launched in 2009 in Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue, HCM City, Can Tho, Lam Dong and An Giang.
National Science and Technology Week will continue with workshops and conferences today and tomorrow.
Scientists from the United States, Japan, Korea, Finland, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines are attending. — VNS