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Capital urged to focus on science, technology

Update: September, 24/2011 - 08:56

Engineers work at the Ha Noi-based Institute of Biotechnology and Food Technology. The city has been urged to improve its application of science and technology. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Dong

Engineers work at the Ha Noi-based Institute of Biotechnology and Food Technology. The city has been urged to improve its application of science and technology. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Dong

HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has urged Ha Noi to increase its focus on science and technology to better tackle challenges associated with the city's development.

Nhan made the comments during a meeting with the Ha Noi People's Committee on fostering the local science and technology sector.

At the meeting, Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao outlined the shortcomings that have prevented science and technology from becoming an engine for the city's development, including failing to lure and keep the nation's top scientists and ensuring material conditions for research.

He said poor awareness among those working on management of scientific research and development was a particular problem.

He assigned Ha Noi to monitor its scientific work in engineering, the environment and agriculture and urged the city to discuss and sign contracts with prestigious scientists to help solve major problems concerning culture, transport, environment, engineering, agriculture and other challenges during the next five years.

The Ha Noi People's Committee also proposed the Government to allow the city to apply a special mechanism in establishing, building, managing and tapping a high-tech zone under its management.

It also wanted Government support in establishing international ties in science and technology with major cities around the world, as well as in recruiting foreign experts for scientific research and technological development in Ha Noi.

Ha Noi, along with HCM City, is one of the nation's leaders in the field, currently has 410 science and technology establishments operating under its departments and 2,220 units directly under the municipal People's Committee. Additionally, about 285 science and technology organisations have been licensed to operate in the city.

During the 2006-10 period, the State budget provided as much as VND1.74 trillion (US$83 million) to the city's science and technology research, experimental production projects and other activities. — VNS

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