22 January 2014
In 2013, 12 countries, Angola, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uganda and Ukraine, signed a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for varying periods from 2012 to 2019.
A CPF, prepared by a Member State in collaboration with the Secretariat, defines mutually agreed priority development needs and interests to be supported through technical cooperation activities. This ensures that technical cooperation projects are effectively focused on expressed needs and priorities of each country.
A CPF reflects national development plans, lessons learned from past cooperation, and also takes into consideration the United Nations Development Assistance Framework of the country. This ensures that the application of nuclear technologies is integrated with existing development initiatives and plans, and supports the identification of areas where such technologies might be usefully utilized.
Many of the countries that signed a CPF in 2013 identified human health as a priority for the coming years; a number included specific health priorities such as cancer management, dosimetry in nuclear medicine, and Quality Assurance. Food and agriculture, water and the environment and nuclear safety will also be high priorities for many Member States over the coming five years.
R. L. Wijaywardana, Chairman, Atomic Energy Authority,
Sri Lanka, and Kwaku Aning, IAEA Deputy Director General
and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation,
signing Sri Lanka’s CPF for the period of 2014-2017
on 17 September 2013.
Ansar Parvez, Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic
Energy Commission and Kwaku Aning, IAEA Deputy
Director General and Head of the Department
of Technical Cooperation, signing Pakistan’s
CPF for the period of 2014 - 2019
on 19 September 2013.