Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017

Preventing obsolete technologies and equipment to be imported into Vietnam

Updated at Friday, 23 Jun 2017, 17:21
The Hanoitimes - Tightening the evaluation, inspection and supervision of technological transfer projects will minimize the chances of obsolete technologies to be imported into Vietnam.
Approved by the 9th National Assembly on November 29, 2006, the Law on Technology Transfer has shown some deficiencies after more than 10 years of implementation.  To fill the loopholes, the amended  draft Law on  Technology Transfer was submitted to the National Assembly. It is expected  to be discussed and approved on June 19. The draft Law  has been widely expected, because it will become a crucial legal tool to encourage the application of scientific and technological progress in production and in social lives, gradually improving  the technological capacity of  enterprises in particular and the economy in general. 
Do Hoai Nam: If approved, the draft bill will restrict and prevent obsolete technologies and equipment imported into Vietnam
Do Hoai Nam: If approved, the draft bill will restrict and prevent obsolete technologies and equipment imported into Vietnam

Discussing with the press, the Head  of the Department of Technology Appraisal, Examination and Assessment Do Hoai Nam said that  that the draft Law on Technology Transfer is an important factor to integrate Vietnam into the  changing world. The current high speed technological transformation together  with  globalization and free trade is exercising  an immense pressure on Vietnamese enterprises, forcing them to scrutinize their business models and  improve the strategies to supply goods and services, at the same time  continuously upgrade their technologies to adapt to market changes.. 

Currently, the effective technological management and evaluation of many investment projects prove to be challenges to relevant  agencies as they, on the one hand, have  to maintain a  stable and open  business environment and, on the other hand,  monitor the real state of technologies, particularly technologies  used  in many investment projects to ensure the clean environment and sustainable development. 

“The draft the Law on Technology Transfer modifies 6 chapters and 63 articles. It is expected to fundamentally amend the shortcomings of the previous version of the  Law on Technology Transfer’s application, aiming to create a suitable and convenient environment to advance the technology transfer process and to develop the country in a sustainable and stable manner,” Nam said.

 Asked to mention the highlights of the  the draft  Law on Technology Transfer, Do Hoai Nam said  that in order to prevent obsolete technologies from transferring into Vietnam, the draft law is updated with one chapter (chapter II with 8 articles) which lists out requirements for technologies appraisal of  investment projects. In addition, the new update defines types of investment projects which  technologies are required to be examined during the appraisal and approving process. “Those projects potentially posing risks to the environment will be of special  attention” the head of the Department of Technology Appraisal, Examination and Assessment warned. 

Besides, the draft Law stipulates   that the investment project application  must include the opinions of competent agencies so as for  related administration to decide whether to approve or disapprove the project. With regard to the supervision and monitoring of the technology application in investment and technology transfer project, the draft Law states that related agencies and the Ministry of Science and Technology have the most responsibilities to ensure the right application of proper technologies.

According to Do Hoai Nam,  taking into consideration the feedback of the delegates to the National Assembly  on the facilitation of technology transfer in agriculture, the draft law  stipulates that, in  some exceptional cases, agricultural  technology transfer differ  from that of  industrial production. This article is expected to accelerate the technology transfer process in agriculture and rural areas, establishing a foundation for the rural to approach advanced and modern agricultural technologies. 

So as to foster the administration of the government concerning technology transfer, the draft law  is updated with standards on strengthening the management of the government towards the transfer activity and technological application.  Any  obsolete technology  which are potentially risky to the environment and the stable development of the country will be seriously dealt with. At the same time, the bill clearly defines the responsibilities of technology-management agencies, related departments and the Provincial  People’s Committees during the process of evaluations. They have to participate in the examination of investment projects’ technologies, particularly the stage of assessing the objectives of the investment to prevent obsolete technologies from harming people’s health and the national sustainable development. 

At the same time, the draft law sets out regulations on technology transfer from parent companies to child companies and between partner companies in order to minimize the occurrences of price-transferring as a result of technology transfer and  incurring  loss for the national budget. 

“Improving the collaboration between relevant  state agencies demonstrates that the state  science and technology  agencies have to cooperate tightly with each other to create consensus and consistancy in the legal documents and laws regarding technology-transfer management activities. Only then can we attract new technologies and successful transfer of  technologies,” Do Hoai Nam added.

Nguyen Tung
(Ha Thanh -
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