In the past week, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano paid official visits to Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
In Vietnam, the Director General met the Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Van Ninh; the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pham Bình Minh; the Minister for Science and Technology, Nguyen Quan, among other Government officials.
During his two-day stay, from 3 to 4 October 2011, he also was briefed on cancer treatment at the PET-Cyclotron and Cyberknife Centre at the Tran Hung Dao hospital in Hanoi. The Director General met the press at the Ministry of Science and Technology's Headquarters in Hanoi.
On 4 October 2011, the Director General began a two-day visit to Thailand, which included meetings with the Minister for Energy, Pichai Naripthaphan, and the Minister for Science and Technology, Plodprasop Suraswadi, as well as Somsak Kiatsuranont, President of the National Assembly and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand, and Members of the National Assembly. In addition, the Director General met the press.
His visit included a briefing at the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital.
In Indonesia during his two-day official visit, from 6 to 9 October 2011, the Director General met the Vice President, Prof. Dr. Boediono; State Minister for Research and Technology, Suharna Surapranata; the Minister of Health, Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. R.M.Marty M. Natalegawa; among other Government officials.
At the Ministry of Research and Technology, Director General Amano delivered a lecture that provided an overview of the Agency's work in nuclear safety, nuclear power, non-proliferation, nuclear security and the peaceful uses of nuclear applications. He said, "the IAEA has a large and active technical cooperation programme in Indonesia, supporting many peaceful nuclear applications in human health, agriculture, water and other areas." The Director General also met the press.
In addition, he participated in the opening ceremony for a cancer control and therapy facility at Dharmais Cancer Hospital and visited the Centre for Isotope and Radiation in Jakarta.