Vietnam will chair a plenary session and Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC) meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the 2013-2014 term.

This will be the first time the country chairs the meetings as chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors.

The meetings will take place from November 25-29, in Vienna, Austria.

The TACC will review the agency’s activities in the field so far this year and talk about a proposed technical cooperation programme for 2014-2015, including five projects with Vietnam in nuclear power and medicine, agriculture and industry.

Meanwhile, the plenary session will focus on the IAEA action plans on nuclear safety, including its assessment report and forecast in early emergency response at nuclear power plants, as well as inspection activities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea , Iran and Syria.

The Board of Governors generally meets four times per year in March, June, September and November.

Since joining the agency in 1978, Vietnam has been elected as a member of the Board of the Governors for the 1991-93, 1997-99 and 2003-05 terms. In September this year, the country was elected chairman of the board for the 2013-2014 term-VNA