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ASEAN Science and Technology meet in Vietnam
Science and technology ministers of the 11 ASEAN members are meeting in HCM City on 24 November 2011 to discuss strengthening co-operation within the bloc.
"ASEAN science and technology co-operation should focus on eliminating hunger and poverty, coping with natural disasters and diseases, and climate change," Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan, said yesterday while opening the 62nd meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST).
At the four-day meeting, the ministers will review the activities carried out since the last meeting held in December last year in Krabi, Thailand.
That meeting had endorsed the "Krabi Initiative" as a strategic direction for raising competitiveness to achieve a sustainable and inclusive ASEAN using science, technology and innovation by synchronising technology, establishing a Sub-committee on Metrology, and setting up an ASEAN earth observation satellite.
The plan of action for 2012-17, which includes six ASEAN flagship programmes — food safety, early warning system to reduce losses due to natural calamities, bio-fuel, application and development of open-source software, and climate change — will be discussed this week.
Viet Nam will chair COST in 2011-12, which provides it a good opportunity to retain its high profile after successfully ending its tenure as the ASEAN chair last year.
The country has co-operated in science and technology with other ASEAN members since 1995 when it became a member.
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