Dr. Naji M. Al-Mutairi, Director General of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, and Ana María Cetto, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation signed Kuwait’s first Country Programme Framework (CPF) on 11 December 2009. A Country Programme Framework is the frame of reference for the medium-term planning of technical cooperation between a Member State and the IAEA and identifies priority areas where the transfer of nuclear technology and technical cooperation resources will be directed to support national development goals.
Kuwait’s CPF document outlines the country’s key focus areas for the peaceful use of atomic energy for the sustainable socioeconomic development of Kuwait. These include consideration of nuclear power as an option both for electricity generation and fresh water production.
Kuwait has been a Member State of the IAEA since 1964. Recent technical cooperation projects in Kuwait have addressed radiation metrology and dosimetry, ground water hydrology, ecotoxicology, pollution studies, environmental exposure control and emergency preparedness and response. One significant outcome of the technical assistance received so far has been the enhancement of national human and technical capacity in the field of atomic energy. Kuwait and the IAEA have outlined several top priorities for future technical cooperation with the Agency.
- the introduction of nuclear power
- nuclear safety and security
- radiation protection related regulatory activities
- nuclear applications in health care with a focus on quality assurance
- nuclear applications in industry with a focus on radiotracer techniques
- environmental protection
- sustainable food and water resources
- technical capacity building
- training and development for human resources
- public awareness
Cooperation between Kuwait and the IAEA has proved to be effective and valuable. In fact, Kuwait enjoyed an implementation rate of over 90% for its national TC projects in 2009. Continued collaboration efforts within the framework of the newly signed CPF will support the achievement of developmental priorities for the future of Kuwait.