The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is collecting comments from relevant ministries, experts, institutions, branches, and localities before submitting the draft strategy on science, technology & innovation (STI) in the period 2021 – 2030 for approval.
According to the deputy minister of MOST, Bùi Thế Duy, the ministry has established groups including compilation board, editorial team, and standing editorial team from the end of 2020 and coordinated with relevant institutions to develop the draft strategy. More specifically, the teams have finished evaluation of the implementation of the STI strategy for the period 2011-2020 concerning achievements, limitations, causes, and lessons learned, which will serve for the development of the new STI strategy 2021 – 2030. Additionally, the ministry also organized research activities and coordinated with international organizations, e.g., the World Bank, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) to supplement scientific theses and practical basis for the development of the draft strategy. Along with those, more than 30 exchange and discussion sessions have been organized with experts, scientists, and managers. Additionally, in-depth discussions with units under MOST have been held. The editorial team has completed the draft report reviewing the implementation of the STI strategy 2011 – 2020, draft STI strategy 2021 – 2030, draft report on the compilation of strategy, and draft explanatory report to be submitted to the Prime Minister.
STI is the driver of economic growth, enterprises play a central role
Assoc. Prof. Bùi Thế Duy stated that the development of STI strategy 2021 – 2030 is a specific step to realize the content on STI which is mentioned in major policies of the Party and State and stressed in the Strategy on socio-economic development 2021 – 2030. In particular, STI is affirmed as a strategic breakthrough to develop the country to be a developing country with modern industry by 2030 and a developed country with high income by 2045. To implement this task, the MOST is constructing the draft STI strategy to leverage the development of Vietnam´s science and technology to a new dimension.
According to Dr. Hoàng Minh, Director of the institute of science, technology, and innovation under MOST and deputy head of the editorial team, the strategy affirms the role of STI as the driver of economic growth. It supplements the comprehension of innovation as a bridge between science and technology and socio-economic development, in which enterprises play a central role. Besides, it focuses on developing specific and outstanding institutions, mechanisms, and policies, promoting technology application and transfer. Another focus is removing barriers on the legal system and economic & financial policies for STI activities and allowing the implementation of a mechanism for testing new policies, taking risks in the implementation and application of new technologies, innovation, and new business models. Meanwhile, it will promote the socialization of investment sources for STI, particularly from enterprises, develop & improve the operational efficiency of the national innovation system and the entrepreneurial-centered, innovative startup ecosystem.
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Sources & further information: “Để khoa học – công nghệ phát triển lên một tầm vóc mới” at https://hanoimoi.com.vn, “Góp ý Dự thảo Chiến lược phát triển khoa học, công nghệ và đổi mới sáng tạo giai đoạn 2021-2030” at http://vusta.vn, and “Chiến lược phát triển khoa học, công nghệ và đổi mới sáng tạo giai đoạn 2021 – 2030: Xác định rõ các định hướng đột phá” at https://www.most.gov.vn, accessed on 28 October 2021.