On March 21st, 2017, in Hanoi, the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized a Seminar "Vietnam’s innovation index: data collection and calculation method”.

As announced by WIPO (2016), Vietnam ranked 59th out of 128 countries, economies in the ranking on the innovation index. Vietnam was highly rated in the indexes of output group (including intellectual, technological and innovative products), but still weak in the indexes of input group such as business environment, university ranking, qualified female worker rate, patent cooperation treaty, and so on. Therefore, Resolution No. 19-2017/NQ-CP dated February 6th 2017 of the Government on the implementation of the tasks and solutions to improve the business environment, increase the national competitiveness by 2017 and towards 2020 set the goal of improving the innovation indexes with specific targets and the Ministry of Science and Technology was assigned to monitor the innovation index’s improvement.

During the Seminar, participants were listening to the experts from WIPO to present the process of setting up a Global Innovation Index (GII) and Conceptual Framework of GII; calculation methods, data resources, and data collection. Based on the presentations, participants discussed on the experiences of increasing the capacity of data collection and analysis; the policies on innovation according to the GII; the solutions to improving effectively the innovation index for Vietnam.

News and photos: Cong Minh