Conference on evaluation of activities of science and technology organizations in Southern provinces attached to VUSTA during the 2016-2018 period

Posted at: TUEsday - 01/01/2019 10:29 - post name: Cộng tác viên

Delegates took a photo at the conference

Delegates took a photo at the conference

On 7 December 2018 at the Hall of T78 Guest House, Ho Chi Minh Union held a conference on assessment of activities of science and technology (S&T) organizations under the chairmanship of Dr. Pham Van Tan, Vice President and General Secretary of VUSTA and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen The Nghia, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh Union. There were more than 50 delegates representing 40 Southern-based S&T organizations attached to VUSTA attending the conference.

According to a summary report by Mr. Tran Xuan Viet, Deputy Head of the Science, Technology and Environment Department of VUSTA, as of November 2018, there have been 482 organizations established, accounting for ½ of non-public organizations licensed by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Only 20 S&T organizations have established their journals. There are over 150 organizations that have their own website and 40 organizations have interactions on Facebook. Only 20.3% of S&T organizations attached to VUSTA participate in networks/alliances. According to the statistics of 200 organizations, during the 2016-2017 period and the first 6 months of 2018, these organizations have mobilized about VND 1,230 billion. On average, each organization mobilizes about VND2.4 billion per year, paying around VND53 billion in taxes. There are 3,256 direct employees, of whom 2,029 employees are officially working (1,351 employees paying social insurance), 1,213 employees hold two or more positions.

In addition to some achievements, there remain shortcomings, including status of the units (PCP, non-public, non-profit); unstable organizational apparatus for the long time; failing to clearly demonstrate them as a S&T organization; operations beyond their functions and tasks; Failing to make report or improperly report; Delayed tax finalization; Delay in aid certification and settlement; Failing to hang their sign board, failing to organize meetings, etc.; the state of internal disunity. Some typical difficulties for S&T organizations are unstable finance; difficult to retain employees for a long time; complicated regulation on receipt of aid; Difficult to access the state budget; unclear tax policy; no equality like public institutions.

In addition, VUSTA’s Environment and Climate Change Alliance (VECC) initiative was also introduced at this conference. This is the first time that the initiative of member associations and affiliated VUSTA alliance on climate and environment topic is introduced in the context of VUSTA being a member of the National Committee for Climate Change and Interagency Working Group on Sustainable Development. For promotion of the strength of science and technology organizations operating in the fields of environment, climate change adaptation, sustainable development together with the strong support of member associations and international organizations, the VECC initiative will, hopefully, bring about positive results.

Delegates basically agreed with the report on the performance of organizations during the 2016-2018 period. However, some delegates raised common difficulties related to tax procedures that organizations face. In particular, they were still subject to the tax rate like a business while their activities are non-business and they did not operate as a business. Therefore, they recommend that VUSTA should continue to pursue its petition for tax policies applicable to them.   

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Pham Van Tan - Vice President and General Secretary of VUSTA said that although the number of Southern-based organizations was minor, they made a significant contribution to the general operation of VUSTA. One of things that should be paid special attention to by originations is proposal of giving gifts and rewards to their individuals and collectives.


Ms. Vo Thi Hoang Yen – Center for Disability Research and Capacity Development Center received the Certificate of Merit of VUSTA

To sum up the conference, VUSTA awarded the Certificate of Merit to the Center for Disability Research and Capacity Development which made outstanding achievements in activities in 2018, contributing to the development of VUSTA.

Author: HP
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