HCM City attracts scientists
Scientists working at four hi-tech units of Ho Chi Minh City may now receive monthly incomes of up to VND 150 million (around USD 7,000).

Scientists working at the Hi-Tech Park, the Hi-Tech Agricultural Park, the Institute for Computational Science and Technology and the Biotechnology Center in Ho Chi Minh City may now receive incomes of up to VND 150 million per month (around USD 7,000).

This is one of the incentives offered to scientists and technologists under a decision of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, which takes effect on November 21.

Scientists of the Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City are working in the plant cell culture laboratory__Photo: Manh Linh/VNA

Under Decision No. 5715/2014/QD-UBND, Vietnamese and overseas Vietnamese experts participating in scientific and technological activities in the four units above may be provided with public-duty houses or buy houses while their spouses are facilitated to get jobs relevant to their professional qualifications. Overseas Vietnamese experts each can temporarily import a car free from duty and are given favorable conditions regarding entry and exit and residence registration for themselves and their family members. Experts are also provided with funds to attend conferences and seminars relating to their professional qualifications and tasks.

To be eligible for the incentives, experts must have a doctoral degree, and researches published in world scientific magazines abroad, or researches applied to hi-tech industrial or agricultural production and other hi-tech sectors. Those who have yet to hold a doctoral degree are still qualified if having recognized technological and scientific researches or patents, or experienced in hi-tech training, incubation and consultancy. Further more, all experts must be working for at least 5 years for international cooperation programs or projects on science and technology.

The four pilot units will have to send their demands of scientists to the city’s Department of Home Affairs and Department of Science and Technology for submission to the People’s Committee for approval.-

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