Vietnam will support Laos in providing additional information and statistical capacity for Lao officials in science and technology.
The commitment was made at the 4th Meeting of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Committee between Laos and Vietnam at in Nghe An Province, Vietnam, on June 25.
At the meeting, the two sides agreed on priority cooperation orientations for 2017-2019, with a focus on helping the Science and Technology Development Fund in its operation, assisting Laos in completing legal infrastructure and enhancing technical capacity in radiation safety.
The two sides will boost investment promotion activities and technology transfer between the two countries, and cooperate in the intellectual property field, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
They also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two countries’ National Funds for Science and Technology Development and between Vietnam’s State Agency for Technology Innovation and Laos’ Technology and Innovation Department.
Minister of Science and Technology Boviengkham Vongdara spoke highly of the outcomes of cooperation projects between the two sides, which have brought about practical benefits for the Lao people, especially scientists.
The experience Vietnam has shared through the implementation of projects is valuable for Laos in stepping up its scientific and technological development, he added.
Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh said that after the third meeting in 2014, the two countries’ ministries of science and technology actively coordinated in implementing a project on building a centre for training Lao scientific and technological managing officials.
The centre will be put into operation in the fourth quarter of this year and become a symbol for cooperation between the two ministries, he confirmed.
Source: Lao News Agency