Vietnam Wants More Tech and Science Workers

The science and technology sector had made great achievements in the last five years, but it needed to continue developing the country’s professional workforce to meet the nation’s socio-economic development demands, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan Wednesday.

Nhan made the comment at a national conference in Ha Noi yesterday to review the development of science and technology from 2001 to 2010 and the sector’s 2010-20 development plan.

He also said that the integration of science and technology in enterprises had been limited and researchers’ salaries were still low.

“National research and technology application centres should focus more on developing science and technology that can be realistically applied,” said Nhan.

In the last five years, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) has researched and selected 14 projects that would receive funding and support.

The ministry has also implemented projects to address urgent socio-economic issues, including programmes to develop genetically engineered crops, research avian influenza A (H5N1) vaccines, shipbuilding projects, and energy projects.

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