Vietnam defines India as a strategic partner in its international
biotechnology research and development cooperation, which is considered
crucial to green industry and sustainable development, said Deputy
Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh.
The minister made the statement on February 27 at an international
conference held in Hanoi with the participation of scientists from
technology research and development institutes in both Vietnam and
The Government of Vietnam considers
biotechnology as one of the four prioritised science and
technology–related areas in the country’s socio-economic development
strategy, said Anh.
The minister added that the
conference will serve as a forum for the two countries’ scientists to
swap views on future cooperation in the field.
Participants agreed that Vietnam and India share similarities in
their agriculture-based economy. Therefore, biotechnology will play an
important role in the development of both countries’ “green industry”.
At the two-day event they also discussed concrete
measures to foster biotechnology development in the two countries,
especially in agriculture, health, food and the environment.-VNA