VP U Myint Swe emphasizes enforcement of Science, Technology and Innovation Law

Vice President U Myint Swe emphasizes enforcement of Science, Technology and Innovation Law on 5 August. PHOTO: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe emphasizes enforcement of Science, Technology and Innovation Law on 5 August. PHOTO: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe, in his capacity as Chairman of National Science, Technology and Innovation Council, presided over the council meeting 1/2020 yesterday, calling for the implementation of objectives in the Science, Technology and Innovation Law.
He said that Myanmar is cooperating with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific— UNESCAP— for drafting the national-level policies and frameworks in implementing the works of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI); as Myanmar is a UN member-country and a partner of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the country is responsible for practising STI norms and STI outlooks issued by the OECD annually.
The Vice President also advised the relevant ministries to adopt national-level STI policies and implementing strategies for these policies aimed for national development in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as Goal 4: Quality education, Goal 5: Gender equality, Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals. He also suggested encouraging greater creativity and innovation which will contribute to the development of the modern economy in line with Strategy 7 in Goal 3 of Pillar 2 in the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (2018-2030). He continued to discuss the needs to draw work plans, visions and goals to carry out the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology, and Innovation (2016-2025) for the emergence of ‘National STI Action Plan and Implementation Plan.
The Vice President emphasized technology transfers from research works to the industrial and production sectors, with ensuring mutual benefits between the inventors and the investors as these are included in the fundamental objectives of STI. Protection and transfer of technologies are to be carried out in line with the law, together with the development of human resources, from research works to commercial purposes, cooperation with international partner organizations and adopting a system to promote innovation and creation.
Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi, also Council Vice-Chairman, explained progress in drafting the National Education Strategic Plan 2021-2030, the establishment of Centre of Research and Innovation, organizing educative talks, the use of modern application and software to develop innovation and creation, and the council decisions in the 1/2019 meeting. Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin discussed the need to form relevant work committees to encourage science, technology and innovations to stay abreast of Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.
Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win discussed the formation of the committees on environmental conservation and participation of experts. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe advised coordination among relevant committees for developing the National Research Policy.
Deputy Minister for Planning, Finance and Industry Dr Min Ye Paing Hein, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung, Chairman of National Education Policy Commission Dr Myo Kywal and Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Transport and Communications U Soe Thein also reported on relevant sectors. The Vice President coordinated the discussions before concluding the meeting. —MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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