Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has reiterated the Party and State's commitment to developing the science and technology industry.
Investment in this sector would be sustainable, he said on Saturday at a meeting with the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) and the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST).
The Party General Secretary stressed the need for VAST to develop a long-term development strategy, as well as plans to train high-quality workers to boost national construction and development. Chau Van Minh, the VAST president, said the association now had 32 members with a staff of about 2,500 cadres, including 1,100 Party members, since its formation in 1975.
The VAST is now leading the country in research and the application of high technologies, such as nanotechnology, remote sensing satellites and space technology, Minh said.
Dang Vu Minh, the VUSTA president, said the union had paid due attention to improving the quality of its professional activities.
It has attracted leading scientists to act as consultants on many national projects, such as the master plan for bauxite exploration up to 2020.
He also said its members were involved in nuclear power plant construction, a master plan for the capital, the North-South Express Railway and the 2011-2020 socio-economic development strategy.
The VUSTA has also promoted the dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge to the public and been actively involved in education and training, environmental protection, health care, development of the community, hunger eradication and poverty reduction, he said.
However, scientists complained that salaries were still far too low, making it difficult to attract the most talented scientists.
Those attending the meeting said the State should increase investment in scientific and technological development, while creating more favourable working conditions for researchers. —VNS