To boost U.S.-Viet Nam cooperation on climate change, health and education

U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam Marc Knapper visited Can Tho City on April 7-8, where he met with Can Tho leadership, Can Tho University leadership, environmental activists, students, and COVID-19 frontline health care workers.
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Ambassador Knapper visits the American Hangout in Can Tho University.

In a meeting with Secretary of Can Tho Party Committee Le Quang Manh, Ambassador Knapper discussed bilateral priorities and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific, the US-Viet Nam bilateral partnership, and to addressing the challenges facing the Mekong Delta.

Both sides also discussed ways to increase bilateral cooperation on matters of shared interest including climate change, health, and education.

During the visit, Ambassador Knapper also met with environmental experts at the DRAGON-Mekong Institute to discuss their cutting-edge research, training and impacts of climate change on major river deltas like the Mekong.

He met with Can Tho University leadership to reaffirm our commitment to a partnership focused on education through people-to-people ties and continued collaboration for environmental sustainability.

On the same day, Ambassador Knapper attended the launch of “The Interceptor 003,” a solar-powered robot that extracts marine debris on the Can Tho River.

Can Tho has been selected as one of 15 riverine locations worldwide for the Interceptor project, a partnership between Coca-Cola and NGO The Ocean Cleanup to reduce the amount of plastic that flows from rivers into the ocean.

The Interceptor 003 will be able to clean up to 50,000 kilograms of waste per day out of the Can Tho River once fully operational.

To conclude his first trip to the Mekong Delta and to mark World Health Day, Ambassador Marc Knapper, together with USAID Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock, attended a showcase to honor local health care workers for their tireless efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

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(Source: U.S. Embassy in Viet Nam)