Leaders and the UN Reward Vietnamese Talents

28 Mar 2002

HA NOI Vietnamese leaders including General Vo Nguyen Giap, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and the United Nations Resident Coordinator Jordan Ryan who represented the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), jointly presented awards for scientific excellence and technical creativity to young talents from all over Viet Nam in an awards ceremony held today in Ha Noi.

The Fund for Supporting Technological Creativity (VIFOTEC) handed out 43 awards for over 300 authors altogether for innovating and applying sciences and new technologies into production and socio-economic life at the Viet Nam's Annual Awards for Best  Inventions in 2001.

General Vo Nguyen Giap praised the recipients for their outstanding efforts. “Talents are the most valuable assets of a country. In today’s struggle, nations are competing on new ideas and inventions. If Viet Nam wants to build a knowledge-based economy, these talents represent the ultimate hope for the country to win this battle.”

At the same time, WIPO's 2001 awards for the "Best Invention", "Best Young Inventor" and "WIPO Trophy for Innovative Enterprises" were conferred to Vietnamese inventors. This is the first time that WIPO has decided to confer its awards to Vietnamese inventors/inventions.

The winners of the "Best Young Inventor" award are Truong Chi Thanh and Hoang Phong Lan, two students of Ha Noi University of Construction, in recognition of a scientific research on apartment building in Ha Noi and the "Best Invention" award to a group of four engineers, for a system of ovens for producing paper. The WIPO Trophy for Innovative Enterprises was handed out for VinaMilk.

"The VIFOTEC award ceremony highlights the creativity of inventors from all over Viet Nam. It is a unique gathering that highlights the importance of invention in the economic development of Vietnam. WIPO and the entire UN system is very pleased to be associated with this important event” said Jordan Ryan, UN Resident Coordinator representing WIPO at the awards ceremony.

The WIPO Award consists of a medal and a certificate signed by the Director General of WIPO, accompanied by a cash prize of 1,000 and 500 US Dollars. WIPO’s Awards seek to stimulate inventive and innovative activity around the world, particularly in developing countries. The award serves to attract and enhance public recognition of inventors and their work. Granting of the medals also improves the image of inventors through recognition of their merits as creators who contribute to national wealth and development.

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