Vietnam to improve measurement capacity: Minister

Vietnam will develop a plan to improve Vietnamese enterprises' ability to accurately measure various factors in their operations, said Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ng?c Anh on April 19.

He made the statement at a workshop held in in Ha Long City, northern Quang Ninh Province with the theme 'Developing national measurement facility towards 2025 with orientation towards 2030.'

The plan aims to develop a competitive and modern national measurement ability to meet the requirements of global integration and ensure accurate measurements of business activities.

Minister Anh said metrology is a technical and scientific field that requires accuracy and plays a key role in business, society, scientific research, security and national defense.

Accurate metrology contributes to ensuring social equality, legal rights and benefits of every organization and individual in civic and economic exchanges.

It also helps boost scientific and technological innovation, strengthens State management and increases productivity and good quality.

Although Vietnam has made progress in the field, national metrology quality remains at average level among ASEAN countries, he said.

National metrology has not caught up with global trend of developing metrology as a strong tool to improve business and national economic competitiveness. It also has not met criteria of emerging and important manufacturing and business sectors such as supportive industry, mechanical engineering, electronics and telecommunication, high-tech equipment and logistics.

The current metrology equipment system of Vietnam has met only 70 to 75 percent of requirements, Anh said.

He said Vietnam hopes to recognize at least 300 measurement methods meeting international standards and develop at least 250 measurement devices and conduct measurements, such as productivity and goods' quality, at about 100,000 enterprises nationwide and apply national measurement standards at 2,000 laboratories across the country.

Scientists agreed at the workshop that it was necessary to improve professional capacity of employees working in metrology in line with regional and global measurement standards while focusing on developing measurement facilities at businesses, ministries and localities.

Source: People's Army Newspaper