3 July 2013
The annual meeting to review the status of implementation of an Integrated Work Plan (IWP) for building nuclear power infrastructure in Vietnam has taken place at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna from 24 to 26 June 2013. The meeting brought together senior representatives from main Vietnamese stakeholder institutions and IAEA officials to review the progress of the implementation of the IWP and update the plan taking into consideration the recommendations from an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission undertaken in 2012 as well as recommendations from specific experts and other IAEA missions.
Meeting participants included HE Ambassador Ngyen Thiep, Permanent Representative of Vietnam, representatives from the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA), the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM), the Vietnam Electricity (EVN), the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Office of the Government, as well as IAEA staff from the Departments of Technical Cooperation, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Safety and Security and Safeguards.
An Integrated Work Plan sets out the activities that the government of Vietnam intends to take forward in respect to developing nuclear power infrastructure and provides the framework for defining all IAEA assistance to national nuclear power development activities. Since its development and adoption in 2011, the IWP has been a useful tool for planning, prioritizing, integrating and coordinating technical assistance to Vietnam. It has been updated and revised regularly to reflect the changes, challenges and the evolving priorities.
The development of nuclear power infrastructure is a complex undertaking and requires active involvement of several national institutions. The meeting highlighted the key role of IWPs for enhancing coordination of national institutions and for the delivery of coordinated support.
To provide an integrated view of the planned events, the revised IWP outlines the activities to be carried out in the short to medium term through coordinated regional and national TC projects as well as through national, bilateral and multilateral undertakings. This includes the support to be provided through the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) and other relevant initiatives.
The final version of the updated IWP will be adopted by the end of July 2013 and will serve as a framework document guiding the support activities for infrastructure development.
To date, the IAEA has provided technical cooperation to Vietnam through seven technical cooperation projects, and has contributed to the development of significant institutional capacity and supported the development of nuclear power infrastructure, nuclear power plant project management, development of human resources, technical capacity, site characterization and evaluation as well as the strengthening of the safety and regulatory infrastructure.