– Could you please introduce the project?
Mrs. Viktorovna: From 2012, on the foundation of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Hanoi and with the support of Vietnamese law enforcement agencies, Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, a long-term project highlighting Vietnam and Russia as new economies was started. The project is sponsored by the Russian State Duma, the Russian Federation Council, and the Russian Association of Technology Renewal Regions.
The goals of the project are to provide information support, promote cooperation and business in advanced technology, apply best technology at Vietnamese factories and broaden integration and cooperation capacity among businesses of the two countries.
– What are the purposes of this visit?
Mrs. Viktorovna: The Russian delegation visiting Vietnam this time wants to share experiences and introduce Russia’s state-of-the-art technologies to Vietnamese businesses. Therefore, the delegation includes the presence of leading Russian businesses in various fields such as AlkorBio Group, specializing in researching and producing diagnostic test systems; Sinvotek Ltd, specializing in information technology; and Tekhniks Ltd, specializing in oil and gas research. These companies are ready to cooperate with Vietnam in developing and applying Russia’s latest technologies in Vietnam.
– What do you think about the role of science and technology cooperation in Vietnam – Russia economic cooperation?
Mrs. Viktorovna: Since 2012, within the framework of the project, we have visited Vietnam many times. The application of Russian technologies helps boost Vietnam’s economy and improves people’s lives. The Russian Federation expects that the cooperation in science and technology will become deeper and more effective, especially in researching and using modern technologies.
– In your opinion, which technologies are the Russian businesses interested in applying Vietnam?
Mrs. Viktorovna: The fields which are given priorities by Russian businesses in Vietnam are bio-technology, healthcare technology and ecology technology.
Moreover, instrument production should also be stressed. In the past, the two countries had close cooperation in manufacturing machineries for the defence sector. However, so far, Russia’s advanced technologies have been provided to different sectors.
In my opinion, specific orientations for bilateral cooperation between the two countries should be further discussed. From the Vietnamese side, the Ministry of Science and Technology should set guidelines on the technologies that the country needs. We then have a foundation to promote the exchange of delegations which are strong in those related fields.
Apart from cooperation in big projects such as oil and gas research, nuclear energy, transportation and communication, Russian businesses also want to establish relations in trade, investment and technology with Vietnamese small and medium enterprises.
– The two countries are negotiating on the Vietnam – Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan Free Trade Agreement. If the FTA is signed, how will it help promote cooperation in science and technology between the two countries?
Mrs. Viktorovna: The FTA will not only create openness in trade and investment between the two countries, but also facilitate science and technology cooperation, contributing to bringing businesses of the two countries closer to each other for more effective cooperation.
Translated by Ngoc Hung