The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made a number of recommendations, suggestions and proposals to develop Vietnam ’s nuclear infrastructure.

The ideas were presented during a 10-day seminar reviewing Vietnam ’s nuclear infrastructure held by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) in coordination with IAEA, which concluded on December 14 in Hanoi .

During the seminar, IAEA experts discussed the content of all 19 issues in IAEA approved nuclear infrastructure development.

They focused on seven key issues relating to nuclear development that require Vietnam ’s consideration, including legal basis, regulations, human resource development, and financial and budget management.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of MoST Vu Khai highly valued the cooperation and support from IAEA and other countries for Vietnam ’s nuclear power programme.

He asked the agency and international experts to consider Vietnam ’s feedback, and coordinate with the Vietnamese side to complete the country’s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review.

The document will be sent to relevant ministries, sectors and agencies, including the State Steering Committee of the Ninh Thuan nuclear power plant, to ensure the safety and quality of the project, said Khai.

Regarding the working results of the IAEA mission in Vietnam , Park Jong-kyun, Director of the agency’s Nuclear Power Department and Head of the mission, said his delegation received active cooperation from the Vietnamese side and will submit its review to the country by January, 2013, which will be released by March.

Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Administration under MoST, said experts from both IAEA and Vietnam researched the true conditions in Vietnam and shared the experiences of other countries to make the best proposals.

The results will be the basis of Vietnam ’s specific plans on its future nuclear sector. The country will gain knowledge from other countries for applying to its specific conditions to meet international requirements, particularly in nuclear security, he stressed.-VNA