January 21, 2018

On the 5th of July, the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) organized consultation workshop to provide comments to the draft revision of the law on Science and Technology. The workshop was organized under the program of VUSTA, supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Viet Nam, to review and comment on the policy on investment and financing for science and technology development of Viet Nam.

The workshop attracted nearly 60 participants who are scientists from VUSTA member organizations, one representative from the National Assembly Committee for Science, Technology and Environment (Vice Chairman), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Office of the Government and other organizations. The workshop was co-chaired by the Vice Presidents of VUSTA.

Four keynote speeches were presented respectively by a representative of the drafting team, Ministry of Science and Technology, the Office of the Government, and two independent experts from VUSTA. Keynote speeches were followed by a roundtable discussion where participants had the opportunity to discuss important issues, concerns about the revised law.

At the workshop, the participants showed their common agreement about the necessity of revising the law to meet the development need of science and technology in Vietnam and the vital role of science and technology as the an innovative driving force for new development ideas, especially in the situation of economic down turn. However, experts and scientists raised several concerns about the shortcomings of the current revised draft of the law. The main issues can be named as follows: the investment policy on science and technology, the management mechanisms of science and technology research and development and the policy to promote the engagement of private sector in the investment for science and technology R & D.

Specific recommendations and comments from experts were carefully noted down and synthesized to be sent to the Drafting Committee of the Law (MOST) as well as the National Assembly Committee for Science, Technology and Environment.

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