Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: The intellectuals and scientists of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations have great contribution to the nation’s achievements

The meeting is co-chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, VUSTA President Dang Vu Minh, and Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh

The meeting is co-chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, VUSTA President Dang Vu Minh, and Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the VUSTA intellectuals and scientists’ contribution to the nation’s achievements at the meeting of 300 outstanding intellectuals and scientists (with present 150 members of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations) representing over 4 million intellectuals of the country on the occasion of Lunar New Year 2019 on 29 January in Hanoi.

At the meeting, VUSTA President Dang Vu Minh, on behalf of VUSTA scientists, spoke about the nation situation over the past time, the process of scientific and technological labor and creativity in each stage of development of the country, and the research and application of science and technology of scientists.

According to Mr. Dang Vu Minh, in 2018 with many difficulties of the world economy as well as Vietnam, but under the direction of the Party and the State and the timely governance of the Government, our country was still developing rapidly and achieved certain success through economic indicators. In 2018, bad effects of the economic crisis did not affected Vietnam. We have maintained peace, stability, social security, and people's and scientists’ lives have been increased day by day. The Party and the State have paid attention to the origin of development, the livelihood of people including officer cadre. We believe that if we implement well all resolutions of the Party, the nation will develop prosperously in the future.

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Mr. Dang Vu Minh gave a speech

Mr. Dang Vu Minh said that scientific and technological victory would bring victory in every field, and we are facing the development of information technology. Advantages always go with difficulties. He expressed the VUSTA intellectual community’s high appreciation to the Prime Minister for listening to the VUSTA intellectuals and scientists. He also mentioned the meeting with the Prime Minister nearly 2 years ago (on 17 February, 2017). All the conclusions of the Prime Minister have been almost executed and highly effective. The VUSTA intellectuals hope that the Secretariat and the Government will approve the organizational structure of VUSTA soon.

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Mr. Le Quang Thich – The President of Quang Ngai Union of Science and Technology Associations gave a speech

In addition, 18 opinions of intellectuals and scientists were given directly (VUSTA gave 11 ones), mentioning the achievements of the Party, the State, and the Government in the past year, and some difficulties and aspirations to devote valuable scientific works in the current period, proposals in law making work. The intellectuals and scientists wish the Government to protect the creativity of scientists and focus more on scientific and technological resources. According to them, it is necessary to early promulgate the Law on Professional Engineer in Vietnam as a basis for selecting talents to contribute to the economic development of the country.

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Mr. Tran Dinh Long, the president of Vietnam Seed Association gave a speech at the meeting

The Union members also frankly expressed their opinions and aspiration for more stabilized and unified organizational structure of the scientists’ union. Currently, the system of Union’s organizations from the central to the local level has many shortcomings. Some units are non-governmental, some are political for 10 years. They hope that the Prime Minister understands and directs clearly to make the union system from central to local levels become a strong scientific organization, in line with the Resolution 42 of the Politburo.

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Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh, the president of Binh Dinh Union of Science and Technology Associations, spoke at the meeting

In addition, the intellectuals and scientists of VUSTA hoped that after the meeting, the Government will soon approve the Project of organization of cadres' apparatus of VUSTA to unify management and administration from central to local level. It is hoped that the State can make the best use of the intelligence of intellectuals and create a legal corridor to ensure intellectuals’ contribution.

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Mr. Truong Duy Nghia, the president of Vietnam Thermal Science and Technology Association spoke at the meeting

Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, the Prime Minister expressed his pleasure to meet intellectuals and scientists in the new spring. On behalf of the Party and the State leaders, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly appreciated the opinions of the intellectuals and scientists. He said this was a great and deep dialogue and the Government listened to make appropriate policies to help intellectuals and scientists contribute to the development of science and technology in the country.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc gave a speech to close the meeting

The Prime Minister affirmed the great contribution of scientists to the country’s development. He emphasized the importance of enhancing labor productivity and changing production structure, creating profits, increasing labor productivity for people. He added, the role of scientific intellectuals is great, deciding on the success or failure of the country.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized that in 2018, Vietnam achieved many outstanding results and quite comprehensive in socio-economic development. In particular, the field of science and technology achieved a lot of important results, contributing to improving people’ lives and improving the image of Vietnam to the world.

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The meeting scene

Recognizing positive results in the past year and honoring the creative achievements and great contributions of scientists for the past 70 years, on behalf of the leaders of the Party and the State, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised efforts and contributions of scientific intellectuals for the past time. They showed enthusiasm, responsibility, creativity, and talents. They constantly overcome difficulties to devote valuable works and initiatives to express the own identity of Vietnamese culture.  It also reflects very honestly and vividly the political-economic-cultural-social status of Vietnam.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cited the fact that during the process of defensing and developing the country, the team of scientific and technological intellectuals have had many important contributions of the nation’s development.

Understanding the position, role, and great contribution of scientific and technological intellectuals, the Party and the State always focus on developing and completing guidelines, policies and laws, of which there are specific mechanisms and policies for scientific and technological intellectuals in line with the country's socio-economic development.
The government always respects the creative freedom of intellectuals and creates conditions for scientific and technological intellectuals to develop their talents, and expect and believe that such intellectuals will have many valuable works.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc gave Tet gifts to intellectuals and scientists

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed the important role of scientific and technological intellectuals in the transfer of policies to people; in education and development of human personality, especially the younger generation.

In the process of comprehensive national renewal and international integration, the dramatic development of information technology caused many challenges. Therefore, scientific and technological intellectuals must change thinking and have creative and appropriate ways of thinking subject to reality.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expects scientific and technological intellectuals to contribute more to the national construction and development, have many innovations, contributing to promoting the country to develop and integrate internationally.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister assigned the Committees, Ministries and Departments of the Government to hold meetings to listen to and exchange opinions of scientific and technological intellectuals and specialized associations of VUSTA subject to specific themes so that there will be timely proposals in developing relevant legal policies.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and intellectuals and scientists

Finally, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc wished the intellectuals and scientists a new lunar year with health, creativity, happiness, and success.

Author: PV.