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Space is Focus of Growth Dialogue Event with Vietnam

Nguyen Dinh Minh, general secretary of the National Council for Science and Technology Policy, makes a point during a Growth Dialogue event at GWSB.  At center is Danny Leipziger, professor of international business and the dialogue's managing director.

Nguyen Dinh Minh, general secretary of Vietnam’s National Council for Science and Technology Policy, makes a point during a Growth Dialogue event at GWSB. At center is Danny Leipziger, professor of international business and the dialogue’s managing director.

Vietnamese experts on outer space and technology discussed using cutting-edge research for economic and social improvements at a GWSB forum hosted by the Growth Dialogue, a network that promotes innovation as a way to improve living standards around the globe.

The Vietnamese delegation was led by Nguyen Dinh Minh, general secretary of the National Council for Science and Technology Policy, which advises the prime minister.

Delegation members heard from Danny Leipziger, the dialogue’s managing director; Shahid Yusuf, its chief economist, and Scott Pace, director of GW’s Space Policy Institute, on the value of innovation to economic growth.

“You have to blend products and services to have inclusive innovation,” that reaches the broadest sector of citizens, said Yusuf.

Pace argued that while space programs tend to be popular with the public, they must align with national interests in order to consistently be funded.

“Space is a very symbolic and romantic field,” he said.

For instance, space technology, as applied in Global Positioning Systems and land-surveying techniques, was useful in modernizing a land titling system in Poland that had been left in disarray by the Nazi occupation in World War II and post-war-era Soviet domination.

Leipziger said Vietnam could use technology honed in space research to track climatic changes so the economy will be more resilient in the face of disruptive weather patterns.

“Vietnam is one of those countries that’s fairly vulnerable to climate change implications 20, 30 years from now,” said Leipziger.  ”It’s an interesting link between science and development.”

In August, Vietnam’s space program had success when the first made-in-Vietnam micro satellite was shipped to the International Space Station ( ISS) to prepare for a mission.

Nguyen said Vietnam has already used some space-based technology for practical benefits. For instance, he said, the country can get satellite imagery to monitor flood conditions.

 

Posted by gwsb on October 15, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.


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