The 29th session of the Coordinating Committee for the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre in Moscow on December 4 (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – The Coordinating Committee for the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre held its 29th session in Moscow on December 4 to assess the centre’s operation in the past year.

The session was held in the framework of a working visit by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister and head of the Vietnam sub-committee in the coordinating committee.

Vinh co-chaired the session with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Aleksey Mikhailovich Medvedev.

The two sides also approved the centre’s scientific research plans for 2019 and for the next five-year period.

On the occasion, the two sides held a ceremony to present the Friendship Order of the State of Vietnam to Mikhail Vasilyevich Kucherov, former standing member and science secretary of the Russia sub-committee in the coordinating committee.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh (R) presents the Friendship Order to Mikhail Vasilyevich Kucherov, former standing member and science secretary of the Russia sub-committee in the coordinating committee (Photo: VNA)

Several Russian staff members in the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre were also awarded with certificates of merit by the Defence Minister of Vietnam.

The 30th meeting of the coordinating committee will be held in the 4th quarter of 2019 in Hanoi.

The Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre was founded on March 7, 1988 under an agreement between Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence and the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

The centre operates in three main fields: tropical endurance, tropical ecology, and tropical biomedicine. It also works on the application and transfer of technology, provides scientific-technological services, and facilitates the further training of scientists. 

The centre is also in charge of coordinating collaboration among research organisations of Vietnam and Russia. More than 4,000 Russian scientists, including many leading experts, have worked at the centre. Coordination between the centre and its partners from the Republic of Korea, Canada, and Japan has proven effective.-VNA