The Vietnam-Laos technology transfer forum (Vietnam – Laos TechConnect 2018) kicked off in Vientiane, Laos, on August 9, attracting about 300 delegates from the two countries’ ministries of science and technology, associations, businesses, universities and research institutions.
In his opening speech, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui Van Tung said the forum aims to bolster cooperation in technology transfer among organisations and enterprises of the two countries.
It helps connect technology researchers and developers of Vietnam with Government agencies and business communities of Laos, towards promoting commercialisation, and technology application in key fields of Laos such as processing and preserving agricultural products, renewable energy, environment protection, and information and technology, he added.
According to Tung, the event is featuring 142 technologies and technological products from 24 units.
The forum contributes to deepening cooperation between the two ministries of science and technology and research coordination among scientists of the two countries, he noted.
While highlighting the significance of the event, Lao Minister of Science and Technology Boviengkham Vongdara stressed as the first edition of this kind, the forum can well meet the science and technology development strategy in Vietnam and Laos.
It offers a good chance for the two sides to discuss development of relevant projects in the field, he said.
The two-day event also contributes to tightening solidarity, traditional friendship and strategic cooperation between the two countries, Boviengkham added.
Vietnam – Laos TechConnect 2018 includes discussion sessions on measures to promote technology transfer between the two nations; sustainable agricultural development, environment treatment and IT.
Technology exhibition activities, the presentation of technological research results are also arranged in the framework of the event.
Six contracts of technology cooperation and transfer were signed between universities and enterprises of the two countries after the opening ceremony of the forum.
On the occasion, through the Lao Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnamese units attending the forum handed over VND150 million as relief aid for Lao people affected by the recent collapse of the Sepien-Senamnoi hydropower dam in Attapeu province.