Vietnam to become strong nation in IT, says new minister

Dau Tu Tai Chinh Newspaper has caught up with two newly-elected ministers to interview them about the government’s measures on restructuring economy in accordance with the current situation.

Ministry of Information and Communications will focus on many key plans this year to enable Vietnam to become a strong nation in IT, says minister Nguyen Bac Son

Nguyen Bac Son, Minister of Information and Communications

Dau Tu Tai Chinh: Which fields are the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) going to focus on?

Mr. Son: MIC will set up appropriate policies on closely supervising and boosting telecommunication and internet.

The ministry will continue to put the information and communication infrastructure under a good management, which can meet up requirements of economic-social development and national defense.

MIC is also set to beef up the development of information technology sector in accordance with the government’s instructions.

What is your opinion about the local information and communication sector?

It is one of the crucial sectors that the government always fosters. Information and communication achieved a high growth rate despite the economic meltdown.

MIC will focus on many key plans this year to enable Vietnam to become a strong nation in IT, including plan for radio and television broadcast and transmission by 2020 and the national project on broadcasting to rural areas and islands.

The ministry also sets up legal documents that sort out difficulties of IT enterprises, helping the government curb accelerating inflation and restore the economy’s stability.

Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan

Nguyen Quan, Minister of Science and Technology

You said you would strive to help scientists earn an appropriate income for living from their job. What is your plan?

Mr. Quan: I have three solutions. First, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) will attract more investments in science and technology sector.

The government annually allocates 2 percent of the budget to the science and technology sector. Yet local enterprises make slight investments in the sector.

Second, MST is trying to tackle problems of financial mechanisms to use the state’s budget.

For example, we raise expense norm for science-technology projects or simplify administrative requirements for project cost estimation.

We also design mechanisms to grant scientists and researchers ownership of their researches that are funded by the state’s budget.

Finally, MST will set up preferential policies for talents, especially those who are in charge of national research projects.

They will be given complete authority over finance, organization and workforce issues to fulfill their tasks, such as hiring domestic and foreign experts to work in science projects.

What is your opinion about Vietnam’s science and technology sector compared with other countries in ASEAN?

Vietnam ranks equal to Philippines and Indonesia. The annual growth rate of our technology transfer remains low, reaching 7-8 percent.

MST is setting up projects on boosting the science and technology sector, which target a growth rate of technology transfer that is twofold higher than the GDP (gross domestic product).

By staff reporter – Translated by Cong Vinh

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