"The dream of a prosperous Vietnam can only be realized under the guidance of the light of knowledge," he said.

Addressing the event held by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), the State leader highlighted the great attention that the Party and State have given to the development of science, technology and innovation as well as intellectuals in the field.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the ceremony

He hailed the VUSTA's role in connecting Vietnamese scientists inside and outside the country over the past 40 years, significantly contributing to the country’s socio-economic development, political and security-defense stability.

He noted that so far, the union has gathered more than 3.7 million experts, including 2.2 million in the field of science and technology, accounting for 32.5 percent of the total intellectual number of the country.

The contingent of scientists have built up the national innovative capacity, the President said, noting that last year, Vietnam became one of the top 45 leading countries in the world in terms of innovation, and took the lead in the list of middle-income economies in Global Innovation Index (GII).

He asked the VUSTA, as the representative body for scientists and intellectuals, and an important part of the country’s political system, should play a greater role in giving advice to the Party, State and Government on science-technology and innovation policies as well as financial mechanisms to better unite Vietnamese intellectuals, contributing to successfully realize national development goals in the new period.

At the ceremony, President Phuc, National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Hai and VUSTA leaders presented the title of Outstanding Science and Technology Intellectual to the 106 exemplary intellectuals.

Source: VNA