Experts underline importance of technological innovation

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Government officials, researchers, students and individuals from the private sector gathered in Vientiane yesterday to discuss research and development in the Industry 4.0 era.

A seminar titled “Science, Technology and Innovation in the I.R 4.0” took place at the National Convention Centre and was led by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Chanseng Phimmavong.

The talk was given during the third National Technology and Science Conference and Laos-China Science and Technology Exhibition, which took place at the same venue.

The purpose of the meeting was to give participants a deeper understanding of the role, importance, and development of science, technology and innovation in the Industry 4.0 era and how this contributed to Laos’ development.

The meeting provided a platform for participants to discuss developments in science, technology and innovation.

Dr Chanseng instructed officials and researchers to continue with research and development in order to spur Laos’ progress in these fields.

With regard to future developments, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone told attendees at the National Technology and Science Conference that science and technology required further human resources development. It was also necessary to provide more support for researchers to ensure the quality of their work and the services provided in the field.

Dr Sonexay also said it was essential to place a greater emphasis on scientific and technological infrastructure and to continue to expand cooperation with government, the private sector and organisations in Laos and other countries to secure investment in research and development.

It was also important to raise public awareness of the importance of science and technology in the social and economic development of Laos, Dr Sonexay said.