14:58 | 23/03/2016 Science - Technology
(VEN) - Scientific Attache Mariano Anderle and other members of the Italian Embassy in Hanoi recently visited the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Food Industries Research Institute (FIRI). The visit was part of a plan to survey Vietnamese scientific research facilities to promote cooperation according to an agreement signed between the two governments.
Italian Scientific Attache Mariano Anderle (left) visits the Food Industries Research Institute
Mariano said that the Italian government had worked out a plan to boost cooperation with Vietnam. In 2015, the Italian government opened a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City and established a scientific attache office at the Italian Embassy in Hanoi.
The scientific and technological cooperation program between the two countries for the 2014-2016 period will end shortly. To extend the program until 2019, the Italian Scientific Attache decided to survey some Vietnamese scientific research facilities, which could help promote cooperation in the time to come. The Italian government has submitted to the European Union its plan to boost research cooperation with other countries in the fields of climate change and biotechnology application in agriculture. Vietnam has been identified as an important partner for Italy.
FIRI Director, Associate Professor, Dr. Le Duc Manh said Vietnam remained an agricultural country, so the Vietnamese government has identified boosting the application of biotechnology in agriculture to create new products and enhance the competitiveness of agricultural products as an important task. Ensuring food safety is also considered as a major task. The implementation of these tasks has contributed to boosting Vietnamese agricultural exports.
Dr. Manh said that the laboratory of the National Center for Food Analysis and Assessment (Nacefa) under FIRI had been accredited by the Vietnam Bureau of Accreditation (BoA) as meeting VILAS-259 standards. FIRI is undertaking research to develop new food processing technologies with the aim to improve food quality and safety. The Italian government currently wants to cooperate with Vietnam in scientific research for biotechnology development. FIRI is willing to cooperate with Italy in research projects aiming to promote the application of biotechnology in agriculture and the food processing industry.
Mariano Anderle said that in the time to come the Italian Embassy would arrange for scientists from Italian research institutes and universities to visit Vietnam to discuss cooperation possibilities with Vietnamese researchers.
Italian researchers will visit FIRI to discuss possible cooperation projects.
The visit to the Food Industries Research Institute by Scientific Attache Mariano Anderle and other members of the Italian Embassy in Hanoi would create opportunities for the institute to cooperate with Italian partners in promoting the application of biotechnology in agriculture and the food processing industry.