US Science Envoy for Space, Major
General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. has completed a four-day visit to Vietnam
during which he promoted space co-operation between the two countries.
(From left) Major general Charles
Frank Bolden Jr. and Vietnamese cosmonaut, Lieutenant General Pham Tuan, present
their portraits serving as astronauts to US Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink at
their meeting within the guest's visit to Vietnam. — Photo vov.vn
The former US Space Shuttle
Commander and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Administrator conducted meetings with government officials, academics,
students and civil society leaders.
“It is my great pleasure to be
back here in Hanoi. I am here this week promoting space exploration and the
commercialisation of space, as well as international co-operation in science
and technology,” he said.
Bolden first met with the
President of the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) Professor
Chau Van Minh. After, he met with the leadership of Viet Nam’s National
Space Center (VNSC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to
discuss strategies and experiences in managing and developing space
programmes, building museums, educating students and community members, and
finding opportunities for collaboration with the United States.
While at VNSC, Bolden gave a talk
about career opportunities in space science and technology with students and
the faculty from the University of Science and Technology of Ha Noi, Ha Noi
University of Science and Technology, and Viet Nam National University.
On a separate visit to Hoa Lac Hi
Tech Park outside Hanoi, General Bolden continued to promote career
opportunities in space with a talk to high school students at VNSC’s new
planetarium. While there, VNSC leaders gave General Bolden a tour of their
observatory and the building next to the planetarium that will eventually
house their space museum.
Power purchase agreement
Also yesterday, the Ministry of
Industry and Trade (MOIT) leader and the US Ambassador to Viet Nam Daniel J.
Kritenbrink participated in a public consultation to introduce MOIT’s
proposal for Viet Nam’s Direct Power Purchase Agreement (DPPA) mechanism.
This new policy will allow
businesses in Vietnam to procure electricity directly from private firms
producing renewable energy and enable them to power their operations with
100 per cent renewable energy.
The DPPA mechanism is an enormous
opportunity for solar and wind developers to mobilise private capital to
build major new solar and wind energy farms. Over 30 large international and
domestic businesses represented by the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Viet
Nam are supporting this effort, and emphasised the critical need for
accurate power market data to support low-risk transactions to power the
clean energy revolution in Vietnam.
In addition to the DPPA, USAID is
working to support Vietnam in improving energy security through a series of
utility scale solar and wind projects, providing technical assistance to
MOIT for energy planning, and working with the private sector to increase
the finance available to support Vietnam’s vision for a clean and reliable
energy system for the future.