On the morning of 10th November 2020, it was AGU’s honor to welcome the U.S Mission Delegation led by Colonel Thomas Stevenson, Senior Defense Official from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

The delegation was accompanied by Major Wei Yuan, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation (from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi); Major Adam Lulay, Bilateral Affairs Officer in the Office of Defense Cooperation (from Embassy Hanoi) and other staff members from the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC.
The meeting was to help the delegation to learn more about how environmental issues such as drought, erosion and salinity intrusion are affecting the province. 
In the meeting, Dr. Phan Truong Khanh, Deputy Dean of Engineering – Techonology – Environment Faculty reported on environemtal issues in An Giang province, especially erosion and pollution caused by using fertilizer and industrial and agricultural products in an improper way. In addition, Mr. Le Thanh Phong, vice director of the Research Center for Rurual Development also described wet land management in An Giang and proposed that there needs to have more research conducted to whether rice is an appropriate use of the water/source of water in An Giang, and methods to store water for rice production.

Group photo of the distinguished guests
Group photo of the distinguished guests

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vo Van Thang, the president of AGU also shared issues related to climate change, water and alluvial shortage as well as subjective and objective reasons for climate change. The president emphasized the role of AGU in adopting those issues by providing training programs in appropriate majors, oganising in-depth national and international conferences on climate change. It is hoped that AGU will be able to receive more financial support from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in HCMC to conduct environmental projects in AG. 
On behalf of the delegation, Colonel Thomas Stevenson expressed his deep gratitude to AGU for warmly welcoming the Delegation and for providing brief information about environmental research that An Giang province, especially AGU has been doing so far.
It is known that staff members in the Office of Defense Cooperation (from the US Embassy in Hanoi) are aalso in charge of supporting projects that are building public constructions, embankments and computer operation. In this respect the Delegation would like to understand more about local environmental issues and AGU’s needs to conduct projects, identify integrated solutions to water use and availability issues, and conduct environmental research in the province.

Phuong Mai
Photo: Cam Thieu - An Giang University Library

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