VGP - Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng has given a nod to the Science and Technology Development Strategy for the 2010-20 period which targets to raise the value of high-tech and applied science products to about 45% of GDP by 2020.
During the 2010-2020 period, Việt Nam will prioritise science and technology (S&T) development in the areas of communication and information technology, bio-technology, material technology, automation, mechanic – machinery technology and environmental technology.
Under the strategy, the value of the S&T market will increase by an average of 15-17% per year.
The development strategy also requires an increase in the ratio of scientific researchers and professional staff in information and communication technologies (ICT) to nine or ten people per ten thousand.
According to the strategy, around 5000 highly skilled engineers will be trained to manage and operate high tech production lines in Việt Nam's spear-headed fields by 2015.
The country targets to have 60 internationally qualified basic and applied science research centers by 2020 which are capable of tackling the country's vital S&T issues.
The number of S&T organizations will eventually reach 6000.
Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology and Việt Nam Academy of Social Sciences have been chosen to become the leading S&T organizations in Việt Nam and ASEAN.
Each key economic region must have their own S&T establishments linked with their potential and economic advantages./.