Leaders of high-tech parks from the Asian Science Park Association (ASPA) gathered in Ha Noi

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Leaders of high-tech parks from the Asian Science Park Association (ASPA) gathered in Ha Noi on May 20, 2009 to discuss ways to boost their co-operation and to share information and experiences in developing high-tech industries.

(Dr. Lee Jong Hyun – Chairperson of Asian Science Park Association)

This year’s annual meeting, the fourth so far, saw more than 150 delegates discuss the role of high-tech development, strategies to develop high-tech in the region and strengthen the role of the ASPA in promoting co-operation in Asia.

Viet Nam’s Minister of Science and Technology Hoang Van Phong said the development of science and technology was one of the key factors ensuring the socio-economic development pace and quality of life for countries in the region and the world at large. "The Viet Nam Government always gives priority to develop science and technology, which is considered a key factor to speed up the nation’s industrialisation and modernisation process," he said.

(Viet Nam’s Minister of Science and Technology Hoang Van Phong)

Regarding the role and tendency for high-tech development in Viet Nam, Tran Xuan Hieu, Head of the Administration Department of the National Institute of Scie nce and Technology Policy and Strategy Study, said hi-tech parks were the locomotive of the high-tech industry which helps to link and incubate high-tech enterprises through high-tech research activities, promotion of high-tech products and work on securing domestic and foreign resources to promote high-tech activities.The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development planned to develop about 10 high-tech agricultural parks to boost the development of agriculture, Hieu said. There are 10 software parks in the country and the ministry has also upgraded several information technology centres that meet requirements to become software parks, according to Hieu. However, he said, the necessary conditions for the formation and operation of high-tech parks were still not fully realised.

(Mr. Nguyen Xuan Hieu – Director of Administration Department, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Study, Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam)

Concerning the role of stakeholders in the development of high-tech parks, Muhammad Sobri Osman, President of the Kulim Technology Park Corporation in Malaysia, said governments who act as external stakeholders should provide large funding for the development of park infrastructure, logistics, telecommunications and utilities while also providing smart and attractive business incentive packages for investors. "They should also expedite land acquisition to ensure enough land required by investors is ready and offer special concessions and strategic incentives such as priority for the use of natural resources to investors," he said. "Local authorities should act as efficient centres for approvals and licences and maintain parks to ensure they have suitable living and working environments," he said. Internal stakeholders, including owners, managers and employees, should provide business direction and strategies as well as knowledge and skills to achieve the vision and mission of the company. They should also ensure a focus on quality and implement tasks and responsibilities set forth by management, he advised.

(Mr. Muhammad Sobri Osman, President, Kulim Technology Park Corporation)

Sharing experiences in developing agricultural high-tech parks, the managing director of India-based ICRISAT agricultural hi-tech park, Abdul Rahman Ilyas, said initiating partnerships with the private sector had helped the poor and marginal farmers. The objectives of ICRISAT in harnessing partnerships through public-private synergy were to ensure that science remains at the cutting edge. Partnership with the private sector helped realise a public mandate and the rapid, direct and broad-based application of technical knowledge and research products improved the lives of smallholder farmers, and protected the environment, he said.

(Mr. Abdul Rahman Ilyas, Agri-Science Park ICRISAT)

To promote efficient operation of high-tech park, Le Thi Thanh My, Deputy Head of the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority, said Sai Gon in HCM City had focused on boosting international co-operation, joining investment promotion fairs, holding seminars on labour hygiene safety and fire control, job fairs, joining community activities and providing vocational training courses for businesses inside and outside the park.

(Mrs Le Thi Thanh My – Deputy Chairman of Sai Gon Hi-tech Park Management Board)

On the sidelines of the conference, the Ha Noi-based Hoa Lac hi-park granted investment licences to two projects, including one to build the Hoa Lac post and telecommunications centre with investment capital of more than US$105 million and a project to build an IT university with investment capital of more than $168 million by the Financing and Promoting Technology Corporation.

(Investment Certificate Granting for FPT University Project)

(Investment Certificate Granting for Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group Project)

ASPA is an international non-governmental organisation established in 1997 in Japan with the aim of boosting joint development of scientific technology, industry and economies in Asia

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