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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano Visit to Albania

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano meets with His Excellency, Mr. Bamir Topi, President of the Republic of Albania, 15 July 2011.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano meets with His Excellency, Mr. Bamir Topi, President of the Republic of Albania, 15 July 2011. (Photo credit: Albanian Foreign Ministry)

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano visited Albania from 14 - 15 July 2011, meeting with top government officials to discuss issues related to human health and cancer control, and Albania's ongoing cooperation with the Agency in fields of technical assistance, nuclear safety and security.

On Friday, 15 July 2011, the Director General met with Albanian President Bamir Topi, as well as the Prime Minister of Albania, Sali Berisha. He also visited the "Mother Teresa" Hospital University Center (MTHUC), under the auspices of Department of the Nuclear Medicine of Albania.

The day before, on 14 July 2011, Mr. Amano held meetings with Edmond Haxhinasto, Albania's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs , Petrit Vasili, Minister of Health; and Myqerem Tafaj, Minister of Education and Science.

Albania is noted for its excellent cooperation with the Agency and for its successful implementation of the national technical cooperation programme. Albania is a Model Demonstration Site for the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT); its national cancer control strategy, elaborated with Agency's assistance, envisions the country's oncology centre to soon achieve the level of "centre of competence" in radiotherapy.

Albania is also implementing a project on breast cancer awareness funded by a 000 grant allocated by the OPEC Fund for International Development through PACT. From 2005-2009, a total of €2.5 million was spent on equipment and training for the country's Oncology Department through the IAEA's technical cooperation programme.

At the same time, Albania benefits from participating in regional events focused on strengthening the waste management infrastructure and developing human capabilities. It has acceded to the Convention on Nuclear Safety and to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement (INFCIRC/359) for Albania entered into force on 3 November 2010; and it participates in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and in the Proliferation Security Initiative.