Latin America and the Caribbean
Nuclear Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean
Participants to a recent IAEA seminar-workshop have gained improved awareness on how results-based management approaches can increase effectivity and productivity of national and regional technical co-operation projects.
The seminar-workshop, from 12-15 August, was organized by the Latin American section of the IAEA Department of Technical Co-operation. The initiative is part of ongoing efforts to address the development needs of Member States in the Latin American region. Attending were National Liaison Officers and ARCAL coordinators from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, as well as IAEA staff.
ARCAL is the acronymn for the regional cooperative agreement for the advancement of nuclear science and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Following the workshop, an Extraordinary Meeting of ARCAL's Organo de Coordinación Técnica was held to draft a new vision for the regional cooperative agreement. At the 3-day meeting, participants discussed the vision, mission and strategic objectives of ARCAL, in preparation for the strategic planning of the Agreement's Fifth Phase in 2005-2010.
The new ARCAL vision defines a more effective programme of cooperation in using nuclear technology to solve high-priority problems in the region. The draft proposal outlines a new strategic mission - how ARCAL can help contribute to the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean through the promotion and the use of nuclear science and the technology. It also calls for the optimal use, update, modernization and transfer of capabilities for nuclear technology for solving priority problems in the region that will have the most impact on the economy.