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With IAEA Support, National Nuclear Institutes of Mexico and Costa Rica Establish Framework for Enhanced Cooperation


Lydia Paredes (Centre-Left), Director General of the National Institute for Nuclear Research of Mexico , poses alongside Esteban Picado Sandi (Centre-Right), President of the Costa Rican Atomic Energy Commission, following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.  (C. Karle/IAEA)

Representatives of the National Institute for Nuclear Research of Mexico (ININ) joined counterparts from the Atomic Energy Commission of Costa Rica (CEA) at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters on 30 October 2018 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)—whose development was facilitated by the Agency—which will promote closer cooperation between the two organizations in research and the application of nuclear science and technology.

Developed by both IAEA Member States, as a result of the strategies elaborated under an ongoing IAEA technical cooperation (TC) project[1], the agreement builds on the productive relationship already in place between the two institutions by formalizing their cooperation and by providing a frame of reference for ongoing activities in the peaceful application of nuclear technology. From medical physics and radiotherapy to the characterization and conservation of cultural artifacts, the Memorandum provides the basis for ongoing exchange of knowledge, transfer of technology and equipment, capacity building and joint-research projects.

“This Memorandum of Understanding will allow us to more effectively share best practices, in order to ensure that sustainability characterizes all the services and technologies we use and implement to address problems of a national character,” explained Lydia Paredes, Director General of ININ.

“The Atomic Energy Commission [of Costa Rica] is an entity which is composed of representatives from various ministries and universities, and it is primarily concerned with research and investigation,” said Esteban Picado Sandi, President of the Costa Rican Atomic Energy Commission, who provided his signature on behalf of the CEA. “The value of this agreement is that it creates the ideal framework under which to establish new synergies and projects together,” Mr Picado continued.

The ongoing, regional technical cooperation project is promoting both sustainability and closer cooperation among the national nuclear institutions of the Member States parties to the Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL).

By supporting regional Member States in their development of strategic action plans, medium-term strategies, resource mobilization policies and cooperative agreements—such as this MoU—the project will help to ensure that the necessary skills and competencies are readily available for the effective delivery of nuclear-related services, ultimately contributing to the socio-economic development of countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

[1] RLA/0/062, ‘Promoting the Sustainability and Networking of National Nuclear Energy Institutions (ARCAL CLXIII)’


Last update: 21 Nov 2018


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