PM vows to support scientists

Updated  September, 12 2015 09:33:03
Primer Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with young scientists yesterday who were recognised internationally and nationally for their outstanding achievements. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with young scientists yesterday who were recognised internationally for their outstanding achievements.

During the meeting, the first between the Government leader and young scientists, Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan said many practical innovations by young scientists had brought about great socio-economic efficiency.

However, they had faced difficulties such as poor research conditions and equipment, high expenditures and salaries that do not provide them with financial security, Quan said.

The scientists also proposed policies that would help them contribute more to the nation.

According to Dr. Pham Van Phuc of Ho Chi Minh City National University, the Government still hasn’t fixed problems with training scientists; low allowances for scientific and technological activities; and unnecessarily complicated, burdensome regulations.

Meanwhile, FPT Group Board of Directors Chairman Truong Gia Binh spoke about the reality of business start-ups and investment ventures, as well as how to improve the nation’s capacity to create new technology and attract adventurous investments domestically and internationally.

Praising the efforts and achievements of the scientists over the past several years, PM Dung affirmed that the Party, State and Government always assured it created favourable conditions for young scientists looking to promote their talent and creativity.

He said that in order for Viet Nam to rise above its developing country status and speed up modernisation and industrialisation, high-trained human resources, science and technology must be strategic priorities.

PM Dung asked the Ministry of Science and Technology and other ministries, localities, research institutes, universities and enterprises to design effective mechanisms to support, employ and train young scientists while encouraging investment and assistance for science-technology business start-ups.

It was also necessary to help young scientists research new technology and turn ideas into competitive products, he said.

The PM also affirmed that the Government would sponsor a non-profit project to produce glasses for the blind, which received the humanitarian award at the Robocon Techshow 2012. — VNS

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