Opening the 8th National Congress of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations
On December 25, 2020, the 8th National Congress of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations for the term 2020-2025 was solemnly held in Hanoi with the topic “Promoting the spirit of the solidarity and creativity of the contingent of scientific and technological intellectuals, innovating, improving the quality of operations and developing a strong VUSTA for the cause of building and defending the country”.
Member of the Politburo, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a speech at the Congress
The Congress was honored to welcome member of the Politburo, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Comrade Vo Van Thuong, Head of the Central Propaganda Department; Comrade Nguyen Van Binh, Head of Central Economic Department; Comrade Nguyen Xuan Thang, President of Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy; Tran Thanh Man, Chairman of Fatherland Front Central Committee; Mr. Dang Vu Minh, President of the VUSTA; Mr. Phan Xuan Dung - Member of the Central Committee of the Party, Standing Committee of the National Assembly, Chairman of the National Assembly's Science, Technology and Environment Committee; Representatives of ministries, departments, branches, 640 representatives on behalf of national associations and provincial Unions of Science and Technology Associations, Television, Radio Broadcasting and Press.
Comrade Dang Vu Minh, President of the VUSTA
Opening his speech at the Congress, Comrade Dang Vu Minh, President of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations said, during the past 5 years, implementing Resolution No. 27-NQ/TW of the 7th Party Central Committee (term 10th) "On building a contingent of intellectuals in the period of accelerating national industrialization and modernization" and Directive No. 42-CT/TW of the Politburo (term 10th) "On continuing to innovate and improve high quality and efficiency of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations in the period of accelerating national industrialization and modernization", the Development Strategy of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations to 2020 and the Resolution of the 7th National Delegate Assembly (term 2015-2020), the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations have made important progresses and have achieved many results in the aspects: social consultation, criticism and assessment; scientific research and technology development; environmental protection; education and training; information and knowledge dissemination; community development and poverty alleviation; encouraging the masses to participate in S&T creative activities, honoring intellectuals; domestic and foreign cooperation. In particular, the social consultation, criticism and assessment activities of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations play an increasingly important role, honestly and objectively reflecting the opinions of the S & T intellectuals; making active contributions to the planning of the Party and State's policies and guidelines, and to the socio-economic development programs of the country.
Speaking at the Congress, member of the Politburo, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the contingent of Vietnamese intellectuals has been maturing, increasingly renewing in both quantity and quality, with self-confidence and the ability to increasingly integrate into regional and global arena.
Since its establishment in 1983 up to now, the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations has always affirmed its position and important role, that is the gathering place and promoting the creativity of Vietnamese domestic and overseas science and technology intellectuals, making an important contribution to promoting the development of national scientific and technological potentials, socio-economic development and maintaining national defense and security. The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations has grown stronger and stronger, with 152 member associations, gathering more than 3.7 million members; activities are increasingly diversified and plentiful. We have been awarded the Ho Chi Minh Medal, the Independence Medal and other noble awards.
In the term 2015 - 2020, the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations has made progress in both size, quality and efficiency of operations, system development from the central level to the provinces, cities. It is a good environment for uniting the contingent of scientific and technological intellectuals, fostering patriotism, political consciousness, civic responsibility in associations; to become a reliable intellectual address of the Party and State in advising major issues on undertakings, lines and policies; actively promote activities of social consultation, criticism and assessment, contributing to consolidating scientific arguments for large programs, plans and projects. VUSTA, at the central and local level and its member associations have paid attention to organizing awards, contests, and contests for scientific and technological innovation, honoring the outstanding collectives, intellectuals in the whole country; at the same time enhancing international cooperation activities on science and technology, contributing to promoting international cooperation activities, enhancing the image and reputation of our country, attracting the participation of a large number of Vietnamese overseas science and technology intellectuals.
However, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized that in many places, many theoretical research projects only contribute to thickening the archive cabinets in the library. Research is necessary but if it is not tied to reality to meet the requirements of reality, we lose at home.
We are engrossed in researching sublime issues without paying attention to the simple application needs of reality and then watch Vietnamese businesses have to pay large sums of money to foreign countries to answer the problems which we are not unable to solve.
Why do we have so many internationally recognized and qualified doctors in the medical field? It is due to the good, effective connection between the application of scientific and technical advances with training, research and application. In other areas, this link needs to be even clearer and more effective.
Vietnamese scientists may be good scientists, but not necessarily good consultants. This is an issue that needs to change; we need to change the thinking, skills and working culture to catch up with reality as well as to adapt to the needs of the market, of businesses and contribute more to the development of the country.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested that the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations should be more proactive in grasping and implementing the Party's guidelines and guidelines on science and technology development especially the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress. Actively participate in the realization of scientific and technological development goals to new heights, improve the quality of human resources, promote innovation, strongly apply science and technology, protect the environment, security.
VUSTA is a core force that takes the lead in building a contingent of Vietnamese intellectuals; gather and unite Vietnamese intellectuals in the country and overseas, step up political and ideological education so that the contingent of intellectuals are deeply aware of their responsibility towards the country; deepening the close relationship between intellectuals, the Party, the State and the people; strengthen the block of great national solidarity on the basis of the union of workers - peasants and intellectuals.
We have to gather the contingent, gather resources to propose and advise the Party and the State on important issues on national development policies and directions. VUSTA must be a reliable knowledge site of the Party and State, especially for scientific knowledge, and also in the advocacy and arousing the spirit of creativity and dedication in the intellectual contingent.
We need to strive to build VUSTA into a strong socio-political organization, playing a pivotal role in gathering, uniting and promoting the creative capacity of the intellectual team, representing the voice of the national team of science and technology, protecting legitimate rights and interests and supporting the development needs of the members of the system; continue to complete the apparatus of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations from central to local level.
Party committees and authorities at all levels need to raise more awareness about the role and position of the VUSTA in the new situation; strengthen the leadership and direction of the commissars and authorities at all levels; complete mechanisms and policies, and create favorable conditions for the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations from the central to local levels to well fulfill its assigned tasks.
Comrade Pham Van Tan, Vice President cum General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations
At the meeting, delegates listened to Mr. Pham Van Tan, Vice President cum General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, presenting the political report of the 7th Central Council to submit to the 8th Congress and the opinions of the delegates of the National Sector Associations and provincial unions of cities and provinces.
Introducing the Presidium for the 8th term of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations
Also at the Congress, the delegates elected the Presidium, the Inspection Committee and the 8th Standing Presidium. Mr. Phan Xuan Dung - Member of the Central Committee of the Party, Standing Committee of the National Assembly, Chairman of the Committee for Science, Technology and Environment of the National Assembly was elected as the President of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented flowers to the new President of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, term 8th
On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the exhibition booths of affiliates of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations.
Some pictures of the opening ceremony of the Congress: