On July 24th, 2013, Prof. Chau Van Minh, president of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) received Jean-Noël Poirier, French Ambassador to Vietnam.
The reception also drew the participation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ninh Khac Ban, head of the Department of International Cooperation, and Dr. Bui Trong Tuyen, vice director of the Institute of Space Technology and head of the Small satellite project management board.
Opening the reception, Prof. Minh warmly welcomed French Ambassador to Vietnam Jean-Noël Poirier’s working visit to VAST. He briefly presented information about the visit to France to participate in the 30th founding anniversary of scientific cooperation between VAST and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in July 2013. During the visit, Prof. Minh had a working session with the French Academy of Science and French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq, as well as representatives from Astrium company. At the working session, the two sides reviewed results of space science and technology cooperation over the past years, especially the successful implementation of VNREDSat-1 small satellite project (The satellite was completed and successfully launched into its orbit on May 7th 2013). Astrium provider transferred all the VNREDSat-1 project to VAST on August 9th 2013 so that Vietnam will master the satellite operation and exploitation. Mr. Minh had invited the ambassador to take part in the handing-over ceremony and deliver a speech on this important event.
Speaking at the reception, the Ambassador thanked the VAST president for his appreciation on Vietnam – France cooperation in satellite science and information about his visit to France. The ambassador accepted the invitation to the VNREDSat-1 handing over ceremony. Mr. Jean-Noël Poirier expressed his support for VAST’s upcoming cooperation projects. He hoped that there will more orientations for cooperation to promote traditional cooperation between France and Vietnam.
After the reception, the Ambassador visited the Centre for Small satellite Control and Exploitation under the Institute of Space Technology, which is situated at VAST.
President Chau Van Minh and French ambassador visited the Centre for Small satellite Control and Exploitation
Translated by Minh Tam