Wholehearted to serve the intellectuals

Posted at: WEDnesday - 27/03/2013 17:35 - post name: Phan Trọng Quỳnh

Wholehearted to serve the intellectuals

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ho Uy Liem, former Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), for the development of the VUSTA’s international cooperation, the member organizations really recognize services as operational targets, to facilitate the implementation of intellectuals’ ideas.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the VUSTA’s establishment (03/26/1983 - 26/03/2013), the vusta.vn communicated with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ho Uy Liem to talk about the contribution of international cooperation and community development, hunger alleviation and poverty reduction to the VUSTA’s general achievements.

- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ho Uy Liem, you have had 20 years of work experiences and held various important positions in the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, especially experiences with international cooperation, in your opinion, what has this contributed to the performance results that the VUSTA has achieved for the past 30 years?

In my opinion, international cooperation activities help us have a broader vision about the world which is on the date of change, help us have more friends and be able to learn, study a new approach, their methodology in the activities of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations abroad, how to build and implement the capacity building projects and the social development projects in general.

- You have once told "the organizations 81 have many ideas as small flames which the VUSTA can gather and fuel them to become big flames to contribute to the country's sustainable development". Would you please let us know what the organizations 81 have achieved for the last time when they took the socialization of science and technology, education and training? In your opinion, why have the small flames not been fanned into big flames?

In my opinion, one of the biggest success in the VUSTA’s performance of the past years is that a pretty powerful system of the units 81 has already been shaped up, operating in many different areas on the principles of autonomy and self-funding. From the successful performances of the small units 81 in all regions of the country, particularly in the work of hunger alleviation and poverty reduction, which suggested the idea for the VUSTA to have an orientation in this area. We have collaborated with the provincial People's Committee to organize the conferences and seminars on this topic to share experiences, to strengthen cooperation, to prepare recommendations about the specific policies in the hunger alleviation and poverty reduction. Unfortunately, these flames have not burst into big flames. There are many reasons, but mainly resources, first of all, our tiny finance and mainly dependence on the support of international organizations. The VUSTA’s organizations were not allowed to implement the national programs on hunger alleviation and poverty reduction, done by the ministries and industries with the huge investment by the State. Afterwards, the training, consultancy, judgment and social expertise, environmental protection and response to climate change, etc have also been widely developed in the VUSTA system. We along with some organizations 81 agreed to build the component projects on HIV / AIDS prevention and combat with the funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, under the Ministry of Health’s overall coordination. The total amount for the project is US $ 16 million. It is particularly noteworthy that the Global Fund would only accept the financial assistance of over US $ 100 million to Vietnam, if the project had the participation of civil society organizations, which the VUSTA represented.

- In your opinions, to develop the VUSTA’s international cooperation activities, which basic solutions are needed?

The VUSTA’s organizational system from the branch associations to the local associations and the units 81 have been established on the basis of the intellectual gatherings of many different areas. Those intellectuals themselves are the engines which produce ideas in international cooperation. We do not do it for them when we bring the cooperation contents, and in fact, we are not able to do it instead of them. What we can do is to cast ideas together with them to select preferences and create conditions for the organization to work. The member organizations’ management departments of international cooperation actually recognize services as operational targets. And, of course it needs the leader who is knowledgeable about the intellectuals’ hearts and aspirations, and wholehearted to serve the intellectuals.

- Thank you.

Translated by Dic

Author: Linh Ngoc (implemented)
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