Enhancing the capacity and authority of nuclear regulatory agencies was
the topic up for discussion at an international seminar in Hanoi on
It was jointly organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency
under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The seminar was attended by domestic and overseas experts from the
Nuclear Regulatory Cooperation Forum (NRCF).
addressing the event, Minister for Science and Technology Nguyen Quan,
said that Vietnam has already started its national nuclear power
programme, with the first nuclear power station due to be in commercial
operation by 2020.
Therefore, the country needs to
establish fully qualified nuclear regulatory agencies with the necessary
clout to ensure nuclear safety and security
Flory, the IAEA’s Deputy General Director said countries need to meet
the first requirements of a nuclear power programme, which include
setting up a nuclear regulatory agency with adequate financial capacity
An independent, efficient and strong
regulatory agency is essential to ensure safety and security of the
nation’s nuclear programme, stressed Flory.
seminar, nuclear specialists focused on the guidelines needed when
setting up a nuclear regulatory agency and advised Vietnam on how to
gradually engage in assessing the safety of nuclear power projects
Experts from NRCF also shared their
experiences in human resources training, management procedures and
building internal management structures for Vietnam ’s nuclear