Research institutes and universities play a key role in fostering technology transfer for rapid but sustainable human and economic development.
This point was stressed at a workshop jointly held in Hanoi on March 13 by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency and Wallonie-Bruxelles International in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium.
At the event, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung emphasized the significant contribution of technology transfer offices to economic success, saying that "it is a real necessity for prosperous development".
The sector has forecast that the value of high-tech products will make up 45 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020.
To fulfil the goal, research institutes and universities as well as their technology transfer offices will be key players in providing training, consultation, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Vice President of Wallonia and the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Jean-Claude Marcourt, agreed that the offices will help reinforce regional competitiveness and on the world market.
Another matter is the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in order to encourage the transfer of research, development and technology, he said.
Violation of intellectual property rights becomes serious in Vietnam along with economic development, according to Professors Puttemans and Kapetanaki from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.