The President of the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) Michel Laurent will pay a working visit to Vietnam from May 22-24, as part of activities to intensify bilateral scientific cooperation.

On the occasion, Laurent will chair the signing ceremony of a framework agreement with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Sciences on collaborative research activities, chiefly the study of Vietnam ’s mangrove forests.

He will also witness the signing of another agreement between the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, the Information Technology under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and La Rochel university of France on cooperation in the fields of science-information technology-communication.

The IRD president is also scheduled to meet leaders of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science to discuss joint research programmes.-VNA