Viet Nam continues to emerge on the world stage, as does its new and developing market economy. In this spirit, Viet Nam's Minister of Science, Technology and Environment approached the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in January 1997 for assistance in developing a new science and technology strategy. In response, IDRC and CIDA assembled a team of experts into a mission with the following objectives:
Assess the impact of current Vietnamese science and technology policies on the economic and social development of Viet Nam;
Compare the Vietnamese experience with regard to science and technology policies with those of other countries in East and Southeast Asia; and
Based on these finding, make recommendations on the formulation of a long-term science and technology strategy for Viet Nam.
This books presents the presents the findings of the mission. It is now being used to shape policy in Viet Nam and will continue to do so in the coming years. Interested readers will include government officials and policymakers in science and technology; academics, researchers, professors,and university students in development studies, policy studies, and Asian studies; public and private businesses involved, or interested in becoming involved, in the changing economy of Viet Nam; and donor organizations and NGOs active in Viet Nam and throughout Asia.
Keith Bezanson (Canada; Mission Leader) is Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, East Sussex, UK, and former President of Canada's International Development Research Centre.
Jan Annerstedt (Sweden) is Director of the Nordic Centre for Innovation in Lund, Sweden.
Kun Mo Chung (South Korea) is a professor at the Energy Systems Research Centre of the University of Ajou, South Korea.
David Hopper (USA) is former Senior Vice President at the World Bank and currently an independent adviser to numerous development and agriculture research institutions, including the Overseas Development Council and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research.
Geoffrey Oldham (UK) is Honorary Professor with the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, East Sussex, UK.
Francisco Sagasti (Peru) is Director of AGENDA: Peru at FORO Nacional/Internacional in Lima, Peru.