Vietnam and Denmark have developed a fruitful cooperation in the field of research and technology development over the past many years. Most recently, the launching of a new three year research programme has strengthened the relation between the two countries. With the objective to strengthen the research capacity in Vietnam under the overall theme of climate change, the programme is piloting a new approach by emphasizing the leadership as well as ownership of Vietnamese researchers.
“We highly appreciate Denmark’s contribution to the growth of scientific fields in Vietnam, especially in the area of climate change where Denmark is one of the leading countries in the world. In Vietnamese people’s eyes, Denmark is a peaceful, advanced and kind-hearted nation who has helped Vietnam a lot during our time of difficulties. I look forward to further strong collaboration between our two countries” said Hoang Van Phong – Minister of Science and Technology (MOST) in the meeting.
Ambassador John Nielsen was pleased to see MOST’s active coordinating role in the ongoing pilot cooperation programme between Vietnam and Denmark. The Ambassador also mentioned the 40 year anniversary of diplomatic relation between Vietnam and Denmark. On this occasion, the Embassy of Denmark would organize a number of events including those to mark the successful research cooperation between the two countries. Minister Phong fully supported the ideas and said MOST would actively cooperate to ensure that the event would be a great success.
The pilot research programme between Vietnam and Denmark was initiated in 2008 with a grant of DKK30million for the three years period. So far, six projects have been selected for implementation. The new programme cover 2011-2013 with a total of DKK45 million.