Feb 18, 2011
On 30th November 2010, the Country Programme Framework (CPF) of Zimbabwe was signed at the IAEA Head Quarters in Vienna by H.E. Ms. Grace Tsitsi MUTANDIRO, Ambassador and Resident Representative of Zimbabwe and Ms Ana Maria Cetto, Deputy Director General, Head of the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation. The CPF provides a frame of reference for planning the medium-term technical cooperation between Zimbabwe and the IAEA for the period between 2010 and 2015.The objective of CPF is to reach an agreement on future programming focusing the resources of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme on areas of development that are of high priority to the Government and where technology available through the Agency can make a significant contribution.
The 2010-2015 CPF of Zimbabwe identifies seven priority areas according to the national development plan:
1. Food and agriculture – animal disease control, addressing climate change effects and drought issues, implement quality control systems, assessing the techno-economic feasibility of applying SIT and strengthening national food quality monitoring system.
2. Human health – cancer control, communicable diseases; in particular, early detection of drug resistant malaria and TB (MDR-TB) strains, and micronutrient fortification programmes.
3. Water resources development - investigation and characterisation of the main aquifer in Matabeleland North Province and investigation of ground water resources within the Intudla Sawmills areas.
4. Human resources development – Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) training and certification, establishing a certifying body.
5. Energy Planning – developing national capacity to conduct energy demand and supply scenario analysis, establishment of an Energy Information Management System and building national capacity in energy planning.
6. Radiation safety – enhancing the national radiation protection infrastructure, regulatory infrastructure, occupational exposure control; strengthening medical exposure control, public exposure control, emergency preparedness and response capabilities and transport safety.
Zimbabwe has been a member of IAEA since 1986.