Visit of the Vice Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court and Chief Judge of the Central Military Court of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Argentina
Between September 25 and October 1, a Delegation of the Central Military Court of Vietnam, led by its Chief Judge, Major General Le Duc Tu, Vice Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court, paid an official visit to Argentina.
During the week visit, Vice Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam held talks with Representatives of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Council of Armed Forces of Argentina. The delegation also paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Leonardo Pablo Hekimian, Head of the Defence Ministry’s General Politics Department.
The two sides expressed their wish to boost contacts and exchange to promote bilateral cooperation, contributing to raising the mutual understanding and friendship between the two armed forces and peoples.
Argentina has welcomed the first visit to the country by a Vietnamese Military Justice Delegation, describing it as a new development of ties between the two military justice agencies.
Official visit to Vietnam of Argentine Vice Minister of Science and Technology
Responding to the visit to Argentina in June 2002 of the Vice Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam, Dr. Hoang Van Huay, Argentine Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Julio Luna paid an official visit to Vietnam from 26th to 30th October 2002, accompanied by Dr. Jose Lolich, INVAP’s Representant and Mrs. Agueda Menvielle, Director of Science and Technology Secretary.
Accompanied by Argentine Ambassador to Vietnam Tomas Ferrari and other Argentine Diplomats in this country, Argentine Vice Minister of Science and Technology and his mision had working meetings with the Vice Minister of Science and Tecnology of Vietnam (MOST), Dr. Hoang Van Huay; the President of Vietnam Atomic Energy Commission (VAEC), Dr. Vuong Huu Tan; Director of Institute of Nuclear Science and Technique (INST), Dr. Vo Van Thuan; Director of Institute of Biotechnology, Dr. Le Tran Binh; Permanent Vice Director of Hoa Lac Hi-Tech (HHTP), Dr. Nguyen Nhu Vinh.
In the meetings with the leaders and their collaborators of the above-mentioned institutions, the Argentine Vice Minister of Science and Technology and the local participants exchanged their views activities and achievements on science and technology of each country and shared experiences in this field, as well as suggested possibilities to develop the bilateral cooperation under the framework of agreement on scientific and technological cooperation (signed in 1997) and agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy (signed in 2001).
Subjects included in the meeting agenda were, among others: formation and training of technical human resources in the field of science and technology; project of cooperation en biotechnological research, as well as organization of a workshop en this field en Buenos Aires; Argentine-Vietnamese cooperation en observation of cosmic rays (Pierre Auger International Project). The Argentine Vice Minister of Science and Technology offered to Vietnamese scientists and researchers five fellowships of until a year of duration to develop activities in Argentina in sectors of priorities.
Ratification of Cultural and Educative Cooperation Agreement between the Argentine Republic and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
On the 19th of April 2002, a ceremony was organized in Hanoi for the exchange of Ratification Documents on the Agreement of Cultural and Educative Cooperation between the Argentine Republic and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam that was originally signed in Buenos Aires on the 7th of December 2000.
Representing the Government of the Argentine Republic, H.E. Ambassador Tomás Ferrari and for the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, H.E. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Phu Binh interchanged the Ratification Documents and signed the Minutes of Exchange. In attendance were representatives of the Argentine Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Ministry of Education and journalists.
According to the Article XXI, the above-mentioned Agreement will take effect thirty (30) days from today, that is the 19th of May 2002. With 21 Articles (11 for cultural cooperation, 8 for educative cooperation and 2 for general terms), the Agreement will create opportunities to develop relations between both countries in order to promote a deeper understanding of the culture, history, institutions and general life of each respective country.
Vice Minister of Argentine Foreign Affairs’s official visit to Vietnam
Vice Minister of Argentine Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Horacio Chighizola paid an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 18th to 20th November 2001, accompanied by Ambassador Jorge Lapsenson and Secretary Roberto Potente (Fundación Export-Ar) and a retinue of Argentine Companies.
Vice Minister of Argentine Foreign Affairs, accompanied by Argentine Ambassador to Vietnam Tomas Ferrari and Ambassador Jorge Lapsenson, had meetings with the President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Doan Duy Thanh; the Minister of Sciences, Technology and Environment, Mr. Chu Tuan Nha; the Minister of Trade, Mr. Vu Khoan; the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Bin; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Dy Nien.
In these meetings, the Vice Minister of Argentine Foreign Affairs and the local participants exchanged their views on international, regional situation and Argentina and Vietnam economies; Argentina-Vietnam, Mercosur-Asean, Argentina-Mercosur, Vietnam-Asean relations and Argentine support to entry of Vietnam to the World Trade Organization (WTO); preparation of the Second Argentina-Vietnam Joint-Commission to be held in Buenos Aires in 2002; as well as possibilities to increase the bilateral commercial exchange and cooperation in affairs interested by both sides.
For respective Governments, Vice Minister of Argentine Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Horacio Chighizola and Vice Minister of Sciences, Technology and Environment of Vietnam signed the Agreement between the Government of the Argentine Republic and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, opening a new stage of cooperation in nuclear energy between the two countries.
A trade round table between Argentine and local companies (specialized in fresh fruits, dry paste, machines for food and beverage packaging) was held at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Vietnam, with free private meetings between companies in days after.
Spatial specialist of INVAP’s visit to Vietnam
During the days of 19 and 20 of June 2001, the Director of Technology and Space Systems of INVAP, Dr. Pablo Tognetii paid a visit to Vietnam. The Argentine specialist dedicates this visit to study the initial development of this country in the space and satellite field.
The Argentine visitor maintained meetings with Dr. Tran Manh Tuan, Vicedirector of the National Center of Natural Science and Techonology (NCST), who are in charge of the preparation of the Espacial Project with Surrey University (U.K.); Dr. Nguyen Viet Hao, Vicedirector of the VINASAT Project of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT); Dr. Vuong Huy Tan, Acting President of the Commission of Nuclear Energy (VAEC) and with Prof. Dr. Hoang Van Huay, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE).
In these meetings, the Argentine specialist and the Vietnamese specialists interchanged information on the activities of both countries in the space field, as well as the possibilities of cooperation in the future. The participants agreed that with the development and the prrogresses gained in this field, Argentina could aid to Vietnam in sharing its experiences and offering cooperation. After visits of the Dr. Jose Lolich, Argentine specialist in nuclear energy, the visit of the Dr. Pablo Tognetii opens to a new subject of cooperative activity under the frame of the intergovernmental agreement in cooperation in science and technology, signed in 1997.
Rewarded the Argentine Embassy Web Page
On March 14th 2001, the Argentine Embassy Web Page www.embargentina.org.vn was rewarded in the Web Page Contest “Vietnam Impression 2000”, held by the General Corporation of Post and Telecommunication of Vietnam (VNPT), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam (VCCI) and the Software Development Company (VASC). Among 400 Web pages registered in the Contest, accounting nearly 50% of the total number of Web pages existent in Vietnam, only 98 Web pages were selected for the final evaluation. The 10 most impressive Web pages were rewarded, among them the Argentine Embassy Web Page, and other 6 Web pages obtained rewards for promotion.
Agreement between Argentina and Vietnam on Cultural and Educational Cooperation was signed
On the occasion of the official visit of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Argentine Republic, led by H. E. Mr. Minister Nguyen Khoa Diem, in December 2000, the Agreement between the two countries on cultural and educational cooperation was signed on 7 December 2000 in Buenos Aires by Mrs. Susana Ruiz Cerutti, Secretary of International Relations and Mr. Minister Nguyen Khoa Diem.
With a total of 21 articles, 11 concerning to cultural cooperation, 7 to educational one and 3 general articles of application, the present Agreement will promote development of culture and education which are fundamental element for integral progress of the peoples, as well the understanding more profound in one of the respective countries on culture, education, history, institutions and general form of life of the other.
For the application of this Agreement, an Executive Joint-Commission, composed of representatives of the two Parties, will be formed in order to design and evaluate periodically the executive programs.
The present Agreement will be in force thirty (30) days after the exchange day of respective ratification instruments.
Mr. Federico Ramon Puerta’s visit to Vietnam
Mr. Federico Ramon Puerta (Justicialist Party of Misiones Province), Vice-President of the International Relations Commission of the House of Representatives of the Argentine Republic paid an unofficial visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 19th to 23th October 2000, accompanied by the Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Ricardo Blazzi.
The Agentine Congress Deputy had meetings with the President of the International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Mr. Do Van Tai; Vice-Minister of Planning and Investments, Mr. Vo Hong Phuc and with General Director of Vietnam News Agency, President of the Group of Vietnamese-Argentine Inter-parliamentary Friendship, Mr. Ho Tien Nghi.
In these meetings, the Argentine visitor and the local participants exchanged their views on the functions of two Congresses, relations between the Justicialist Party of Argentina and the Communist Party of Vietnam and agreed on promoting the exchange of Parliamentary Delegations between both countries and on revitalizing Groups of Inter-parliamentary Friendship. In the same way, they reviewed the actual situation of Vietnam’s economy, possibilities to increase the commercial exchange between Argentina and Vietnam, as well as the directions to be approved in the next National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam to be held next year.
INVAP is selected for the construction of a Research Nuclear Reactor in Australia
On June 6th, the Australian Government announced the award to INVAP, an Argentine company to construct a Nuclear Reactor for Scientific Research and Radioisotopes Production. The Reactor will be built in Lucas Heights, near Sydney and the approximate value of the total project is around USD 180 million.
The process was initiated at the invitation of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) to the international companies recognized in nuclear field. The semi-final companies to present offers included INVAP of Argentina and three other companies from Germany, Canada and France. Finally, the successful offer of INVAP was declared the “preferred offer”. The contract will definitely be signed in one month.
The contract’s objective is to build a 20MW (megawatt) reactor feeding with combustible elements of 20% enriched uranium, curbed with light water and reflected with heavy water. The design requirement presents big demands with regard to the installation of radioisotope production, the neutronic experimentation, security and availability. The work must be executed within 66 months in which INVAP will be the principal contractor with the cooperation of different first-rate Australian companies, the advice of international consultants and permanent technical assistance of the National Commission for Atomic Energy of Argentina (CNEA).
The award of INVAP’s tender is a remarkable milestone in the development of Argentine nuclear technology in addition to those already built in Egypt, Algeria, Peru as well as other countries.
This new operation opens important prospects for the exportation of high technology to other countries. This success together with others of INVAP in reference to design and international commercialization of nuclear reactors for research is an excellent platform to deepen and expand the Argentina’s presence in the world market.
New Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic to Vietnam
On 15 May 2000, H.E. Mr. Tomás Ferrari presented Credentials Letters as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic to President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Tran Duc Luong.