The 16th Annual Conference of the Asian Science Parks Association (ASPA) kicked off in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City on Thursday, attracting top leaders, scientists and managers of science parks, research institutes and universities from 20 countries and territories.
Participants to the conference, themed "Science Parks towards Green Economy", focused on the role of science parks towards their sustainable and environmental, friendly development.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology (MST) Nguyen Quan said that Vietnam is now in the path to global integration, so it is looking towards building an advanced science and technology industry, especially high technology.
ASPA's 16th conference is an opportunity for Vietnamese managers, scientists, companies and businessmen in the field to interact with their international partners, share with one another experience and promote high-tech development and knowledge, Quan said.
The Vietnamese government set a target that by 2020 the value of high-tech products and their application will account for 40 percent of the country's total industrial output value, contributing to building Vietnam into a modern, industrialized country, said the Vietnamese official, adding that Vietnam will take this opportunity to learn from regional and international successful science parks for their contribution to economic development in their respective countries as well as to Asia and the world, so as to apply them to the national high-tech parks.
ASPA President Yong Hyun Lee confirmed that the 16th annual conference hosted by the Saigon High-Tech Park proved the rapid development of this newly emerging high-tech park in Asia.
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