Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Trần Văn Tùng speaks at a two-day conference on atomic energy in socio-economic development, which ended yesterday in Hà Nội. – Photo qdnd.vn
HÀ NỘI – Viet Nam has made great strides in researching and applying radiation and radioactive isotopes to serve development, an official said.
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Trần Văn Tùng made the remark in Hà Nội at a two-day conference on atomic energy in socio-economic development, which ended yesterday.
In 2002, Viet Nam approved a strategy on applying atomic energy for peaceful purposes until 2020. This strategy classified the research and application of radiation and radioactive isotopes as important tasks.
Over the years, thanks to various ministries, sectors, scientists, science-technology organisations and businesses, as well as co-operation with foreign partners such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the country has made considerable progress, according to Tùng.
However, the outcomes have yet to match potential or development demand.
At the event, Hoàng Anh Tuấn, Director of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology, reported on atomic energy utilisation in different fields, particularly healthcare, industry, agriculture and the environmental sector.
He added the conference was important for enhancing co-operation and the implementation of plans on applying radiation and radioactive isotopes in development. It also aimed to prepare a review of 15 years of the atomic energy utilisation strategy and to build utilisation plans for after 2020.
Speakers at the symposium focused on issues including using ionising radiation in healthcare; the safe, effective, and environmentally friendly application of nuclear technology in industrial production; and the application of radiation therapy using the TrueBeam-Varian system at the HCM City Oncology Hospital.
The event also featured booths introducing atomic energy research and application outcomes, as well as equipment and services. –VNS