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IAEA and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Sign Agreement for the Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy


Practical Arrangements between the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and the IAEA  were signed on 24 September, 2021, on the margins of the IAEA General Conference. (Photo: O. Yusuf/IAEA) 

Regulators and users of nuclear technology from Africa, Asia and the Pacific will soon be able to tap into the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission’s (PAEC) 50 years of experience in managing nuclear power and application projects thanks to newly concluded agreements between the IAEA and PAEC. 

“I congratulate PAEC on the signing of these Practical Arrangements, which will enhance collaboration between the Agency and PAEC, and will help share Pakistan’s expertise with Member States around the world, particularly from Africa,” said Deputy Director General Liu Hua. “These Arrangements are an effective example of South-South cooperation, implemented through established IAEA mechanisms.”

“This Practical Arrangement will provide a forum for all African countries in the region for collaboration in the field of agriculture, human health, training and regulatory affairs under the ambit of IAEA,” said Chairman Muhammad Naeem, Chairman of PAEC. “Pakistan has greatly benefitted from the technical cooperation programme of the IAEA, and now we are in a position to provide technical support to other Member States."

The Arrangements will last for a period of three years, until 2024. (Photo: O. Yusuf/IAEA) 

The Practical Arrangements, signed on 24 September, are the first signed between the two parties and cover a three-year period (2021-2024). They provide a framework for cooperation in the areas of  the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies. The agreement identifies the following activities in which cooperation may be pursued:

  • Collaboration with relevant national institutions, laboratories, medical institutions and research centres through the PAEC;
  • Exchange and dissemination of information, including publications and sharing of experiences and best practices in the area of food and agriculture, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, medical physics, radioisotope applications, nuclear education and other areas of peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology that may be agreed upon by the parties;
  • Provision of PAEC experts and lecturers to support technical cooperation through national and regional programme activities;
  • Hosting of IAEA meetings, trainings and capacity building activities, including fellows and scientific visitors, as well as development of educational and training courses and materials; and
  • Support in laboratory and sample analysis carried out by qualified technicians and scientists in PAEC-affiliated laboratories, facilities and research institutions.

Both the IAEA and PAEC have agreed on a plan of action which includes key activities and timelines. The implementation of this plan of action will be monitored regularly to assess progress and ensure compliance.

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