Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vo Van Thang, President of An Giang University (AGU, VNU-HCMC) together with respective leaders at AGU had a meeting with representatives from the Embassy of Canada in Vietnam in early November, 2020.
On behalf of the Canada’s Embassy in Vietnam, Mr. Robert Bissett, Counselor for Political, Cultural and Information Affairs and Mr. Vu Tu Dat, Embassy Officer paid a visit to AGU.
The purpose of the meeting was to share and discuss the impact of hydroelectric dams in the Mekong Delta regarding water security, food security, agriculture, livelihood, and regional ecology. This was also the chance for the representatives from the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam to see the outcomes of the project which was conducted through workshops, trainings and media entitled “Enhancing knowledge and skills to prevent sexual abuse for pupils and local community in Khmer dominated areas in Tinh Bien district, An Giang province.” The project is sponsored by the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam.
In the meeting, President Vo Van Thang expressed his sincere thanks for the courtesy visit paid by representatives from the Embassy of Canada in Vietnam to AGU and for significant support of the Embassy to AGU in particular and to An Giang province in general for the past years. The president emphasized AGU would be willing to facilitate and cooperate with Canadian experts in exchanging information in terms of research, data provision related to climate change and water management in the Mekong Delta. The President expressed his hope that in the future there would be more practical projects conducted between AGU and the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam.
At the meeting, Dr. Thai Huynh Phuong Lan, Head of the Department of Rural Development & Natural resources Management gave a report on “Impacts of hydroelectric dams in An Giang province, Vietnam” for the delegation to understand challenges in water management, channels and dams in the Mekong Delta are affected by climate change.
On behalf of the Canada’s Embassy in Vietnam, Mr. Robert Bissett sent his thanks to AGU for its warm welcome, as well as expressed his joyfulness due to good outcomes that the project supported by the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam for community benefits has brought to people in An Giang. Thereby, Mr. Robert Bissett hoped that there would be more collaborative projects with An Giang province, and AGU in the future which aim at supporting fields of study and issues related to climate change, programs on rural development, especially on water and environmental issues in the Mekong Delta.
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