The Hanoitimes - Attending a conference in Hanoi on January 9 to review the science and technology sector’s performance in 2017 and devise tasks for 2018, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) should focus on improving four main issues as well as creating three breakthroughs during the 2018-2020 period.
The event also saw the attandence of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.
Speaking at the conference, PM Phuc appreciated the achievements made by the sector in the past year, significantly contributing to the country’s development. He also pointed out the shortcomings that need to be remedied in the time ahead, such as the slow development of the science and technology market in Vietnam and the limitation of the application of scientific and technological results in production and business activities.
PM Phuc urged the MoST to pay great attention to enhancing innovation, breakthroughs, adaptation and sustainability in its strategy, closely following the Government’s action plan.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc made speech at the conference
The Government leader emphasised four issues that the science and technology sector should improve: its contribution to economic growth model transformation, particularly the low-productivity models in agriculture; further promotion of creative innovation and starts-up; support for enterprises to apply technology; and the improvement of productivity, quality of labour forces and the efficiency of production and business.
He noted that the sector needs to create three breakthroughs in institutions and policies; investment methods and ordering mechanisms for science and technology; and investment for applied research and directions for application.
On the occasion, PM Phuc presented the Independence Orders, first and third classes, to former Ministers of Science and Technology Hoang Van Phong (2002-2011 period) and Nguyen Quan (2011-2016), respectively. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam also awarded Labour Orders to the leaders and officials of the ministry.
Ealier, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the freshly-established Cyber Command to become a loyal, disciplinary, intelligent, and clear-headed force which is strong enough to protect the national sovereignty in cyberspace.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the freshly-established Cyber Command
With the strong development of science technology and the Internet and the grow-up of the fourth Industrial Revolution, cyberspace is becoming a new “territory” holding important role in each country’s socio-economic development, defence, security and external relations, PM Phuc said at a ceremony in Hanoi on January 8 to announce the Prime Minister’s decision on the establishment of the command.
In modern warfare, cyberspace is considered as the fifth combat environment which is connected closely with air, ground, sea and space combat. Therefore, cyber combat plays an important role in wars that use hi-tech weapons, he added.
The Government leader requested the Cyber Command to coordinate closely with relevant units such as the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Information and Communications to safeguard the military and defenceinformation system as well as the nation’s important information data.
He urged the force to study and apply advanced science technology and military tactics in cyber combat, and learn from the world’s latest and modern achievements on information technology and hi-tech weapons.
It is also essential to train competent personnel so as to promote human intelligence in controlling modern cyber weapons and step up international cooperation, he stressed. He asked relevant units to quickly build projects to enhance cyberspace combat to submit to him for approval and implementation.
The Cyber Command is a unit of the Defence Ministry and helps the ministry implement the State management function of safeguarding the national sovereignty in cyberspace and information technology.