Discours lors de la réception à la Résidence de France en l’honneur de l’atelier franco-thaïlandais sur les technologies nucléaires - le 12 décembre 2018
I am very happy to welcome you all in this historical property, one of the oldest in Bangkok, since it was given to France by King Mongkut of Thailand to the French government more than 160 years ago. And to do it in honor of the Franco-Thai Nuclear Technology Workshop. To celebrate the energy of the future in such a colonial era building is quite interesting, I think.
A few weeks ago, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn was in Cadarache, in the south of France, to visit the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). She was accompanied by a delegation of representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the National Research and Innovation Council, and of course the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT). According to a French expert in nuclear fusion, Princess Sirindhorn managed to trigger a very beautiful plasma fusion. And her visit was certainly another occasion to strengthen the Franco-Thai dialogue on research and education in the field of nuclear fusion. This visit also confirmed the great interest of Thailand for nuclear technologies.
At the beginning of 2018, and for the fourth consecutive year, the TINT organized, in partnership with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French Embassy, a research school on nuclear fusion and plasma physics. This research school is part of the cooperation agreement signed in 2013 between the CEA and the TINT on nuclear fusion research.
I have to say that the Embassy and its partners, in France and in Thailand, are proud to have contributed to the development of this scientific partnership by providing collaborative tools, for instance by supporting the training of doctoral students at the CEA or through the PHC Siam mobility program and the young researcher fellowship program.
There is no doubt that Thailand intends to strengthen its R&D efforts in order to develop its capacity for innovation within the Thailand 4.0 strategy. And I really think that the important and strong scientific and technological relationship that has developed between our two countries could contribute to reaching these objectives.
I would like in particular to command Thailand on its willingness to develop research in the nuclear field through the construction of a new research reactor on nuclear fission. This new equipment will stimulate research and the country’s development potential, strengthen the number of researchers and engineers in this field and promote nuclear education for the next generation.
Based on the quality and long-standing collaboration between CEA and TINT on nuclear fusion research, I am convinced that today’s workshop is a major asset for developing new cooperations in nuclear fission.
I know that, tomorrow, you will have the opportunity to visit the facilities of TRR1/M1 research reactor and discover the site planned for the new research reactor in Nakorn Nayok. I wish you a very productive visit. And in between, I hope you will enjoy the evening.