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Deputy PM calls for greater effort in science and technology development

Update: March, 11/2013 - 03:39

A scientist does experiments to produce medicines at Traphaco Joint Stock Company in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has urged localities to attach the development of science and technology to their social economic development plans so they can be implemented effectively from next year.

Addressing a conference in Ha Noi yesterday for the implementation of the national strategy on the development of science and technology during 2011-20, Nhan said ineffective use of research and limited attention to the sector's development were the main reasons for it lagging behind.

Science and technology advancements were failing to work with localities to integrate into their social and economic development planning, he said.

Nhan also highlighted inefficient investment and the lack of social participation in science and technology as other reasons, adding that investment in the sector was small in comparison to countries such as the US, UK, Germany, Russia and South Korea.

The nation's science and technology sector has never enjoyed such favourable conditions for development as it has today, with a series of policies and support from the Party and the Government pushing the sector forward. For instance, the national strategy for the development of science and technology for 2011-20, he said.

The strategy, issued in April last year, defines targets, missions and solutions for the development of the sector until 2020. One important part of the strategy is to bring some fields up to international and regional standards by 2020.

Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan said that the strategy was to get the sector to move alongside general development.

The strategy also urged the sector to carry out reforms and train appropriate human resources to meet development demands.

The conference was attended by nearly 400 participants representing ministries, sectors, localities, research institutions, enterprises and organisations nationwide. — VNS

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