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PM Dung meets Ireland’s leader, vows to bolster ties

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Dung was emphasising co-operation between the two countries based on agreements’ signed during his recent visit to Ireland. He thanked Ireland for its aid in development for the next three years. He also confirmed that Vietnam would work with Ireland in effectively managing development projects.

Brian Cowen, who is also Ireland’s Finance Minister said that the two countries should strengthen their ties in tourism, education and training, adding that the Vietnam Government should facilitate visa procedures for Irish citizens so that they can visit and do business in the country.

Irish funded laboratory

Work began yesterday on an Irish backed, European-standard laboratory for clinical and diagnostic virology.

The laboratory is being built by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) with US$7.75mil support from the Ireland-Viet Nam Blood-borne Virus Initiative (IVV), University College, Dublin, and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan said the initiative was aimed at building up institutional capacity and infrastructure within Vietnam to enhance public health policies.

“The Ministry of Health will do whatever it can to ensure the success of this important programme,” said Huan.

Construction of the sophisticated laboratory will be managed by the US-based East Meets West Foundation. It will contain seven distinct fully equipped laboratories – all accredited to the highest European standards.

The project will set up post-graduate training programmes in diagnostic virology for Vietnamese, students at the National Virus Reference Laboratory at University College, Dublin.

It will also involve a major epidemiological study of blood-borne virus infections in different regions of Vietnam.

“The Ireland-Viet Nam Virus Initiative involves experts from both sides building capacity in Vietnam to analyse and respond effectively to major blood-borne epidemics, including HIV and hepatitis, that threaten development,” said Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Brian Cowen.

The NIHE’s director, Nguyen Tran Hien, said the project would not only help the institute become the leading one in Vietnam, but the top-ranking one in the region.

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