A facility at the nuclear reactor in Da Lat city, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong (Photo: VNA)

Ninh Thuan (VNA) – Experts from across Asia gathered in a workshop entitled “Public acceptance of nuclear technologies: Sharing Asian experience” held in the central province of Ninh Thuan on November 13.

The event was organised by the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation, ROSATOM.

In his remarks at the workshop, Andrey Stankevich, ROSATOM representative in Vietnam, said his company has provided comprehensive support to Vietnam in information and communication campaigns on nuclear power over the past few years.

Stankevich noted that the Nuclear Industry Information Centre (NIIC), established by ROSATOM in Hanoi in December 2012, has welcomed more than 45,000 visitors to date.

In February this year, ROSATOM and the MoST inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Information Support of Joint Projects in the Nuclear Power Industry from 2015 to 2020, he added.

VAEA Head Hoang Anh Tuan spoke on the significance of public acceptance in the development of emerging nuclear energy in Vietnam.

Nuclear power development plans cannot be successful without public acceptance, said Srisht Pall Singh from the Indian Nuclear Society.

He shared India’s experience on the matter, saying that the country could serve as an example for Vietnam, as it has 21 nuclear reactors in operation.

Construction of six additional reactors is underway and at least 12 more are scheduled to become operational over the next 20 years, he added.

Practices were also shared by experts from Malaysia, Bangladesh and Indonesia on inviting participation from relevant sides in the field.-VNA