National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) shakes hand with IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi (Photo: VNA)
Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on September 6 had a meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi as part of activities during his trip to Austria
to attend the fifth World Conference of
Speakers of Parliament (WCSP5).
During the meeting, Grossi thanked Vietnam for its active contributions to his
agency, including a commitment to helping complete the second phase of a modern laboratory to enhance the IAEA’s capacity
in supporting countries in combating infectious diseases.
In addition to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, the agency is carrying out other
activities to support countries, including Vietnam, in cancer treatment, water
management, and COVID-19 response.
The IAEA official welcomed Vietnam's
candidacy for the IAEA Board of Governors for the 2021-2023 term, affirming that Vietnam
is an important partner of the agency.
He expressed his hope that Vietnam will continue its contributions
to the IAEA in the time to come.
For his part, NA Chairman Hue highly valued the
role played by the IAEA in and its contributions to promoting the application
of atomic energy in solving global problems, scientific and technical
cooperation in the nuclear field for peaceful purposes and development, and ensuring
safety and security in this field.
He said the IAEA has effectively supported its member countries affected by the
COVID-19 pandemic through sharing knowledge, assisting medical experts in radiation
medicine and therapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic imaging, and training in genetic
sequencing to characterise the virus that causes COVID-19.
At the meeting (Photo: VNA)
The top Vietnamese legislator congratulated the IAEA on completing the first phase
of a modern laboratory named Yukiya Amano to improve its capacity of assisting countries in fighting and preventing transboundary zoonotic diseases,
and addressing challenges related to climate change and food safety, affirming
that Vietnam will give financial contribution to the second phase of this important
Hue welcomed the IAEA's cooperation initiatives with UN agencies to promote the
application of nuclear science in climate change response, health,
agriculture, as well as in clean energy transition and promoting nuclear safety
He suggested the agency share experience and provide technical assistance for
Vietnam to perfect its legal system to effectively manage and apply atomic
energy in promoting economic development, protecting the environmental and
combating climate change.
He also asked for the IAEA’s assistance for and cooperation with Vietnam in technology
transfer, training and improving capacity in applying nuclear technology in health and COVID-19 prevention and control, expressing his hope that the agency will support Vietnam
to participate in its important initiatives, including the IAEA Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action (ZODIAC) project, especially activities
of the Working Group on Science and Technology (WGST) of the Inter-Parliamentary
IAEA Director General Grossi took the occasion to announce that his agency will
provide Vietnam with three mobile real-time PCR systems
and a large number of biological products worth 470,000 EUR (558,000 USD).
These devices were researched and developed by the IAEA on the basis of
application of nuclear technology for accurate diagnosis and early detection of
Chairman Hue appreciated the IAEA's gifts, saying that they will effectively
support Vietnam in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic./.