May 21, 2014
On 5-8 May 2014, a meeting, bringing together 57 National Liaison Officers and National Liaison Assistants from the Member States and entities currently participating in the technical cooperation (TC) programme in the Asia and the Pacific region, was held at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna.
The meeting focussed on matters including both short and medium term supported programmes in the region. The objectives of the meeting, organized by the Division for Asia the Pacific, included:
(i) Set a solid base for promoting further quality programme development and enabling effective project monitoring for increased efficiency and effectiveness in the TC programme delivery;
(ii) Define conducive approaches and modalities for enhanced regional cooperation to support effective human resources development in major areas of peaceful nuclear applications, particularly in health sector;
(iii) Agree on actions towards strengthening national radiation safety infrastructures;
(iv) Address operational matters related to the implementation of the 2014-2015 TC programme; and
(v) Review the strategic and programmatic aspects related to the development of the 2016-2017 TC programme.
Through a consultative and participative process, issues of mutual interest to further strengthen common understanding on the key strategic aspects related to technical cooperation and the principles governing the management of the IAEA’s TC programme were discussed. Salient issues pertaining to the TC programme in the region with a view to further improving efficiency and effectiveness of IAEA supported activities in the context of results based management approaches were also addressed.
The meeting consisted of key presentations, plenary round table discussions and working group sessions to promote open discussion as well as exchange of information and experiences among the participants. High priority topics were tackled through an in-depth review with the active contribution of the representatives of participating countries so that any ensuing recommendations can be considered for appropriate action. The representatives of Member States convened in the form of three working groups:
Working Group 1: Promoting Member States’ ownership and contribution to upstream planning work for the development of regional projects (outside the RCA and ARASIA agreements) with specific reference to the principles and processes for the identification and prioritization of project concepts and the workflow of the process for their design and formulation;
Working Group 2: Scope of future TC projects aiming at promoting regional cooperation to support strengthening of national radiation safety infrastructures and modalities for the development of such projects (inputs: competencies and capacities required for a successful assessment, identification of infrastructure gaps, and appropriateness of TC’s delivery modality (national versus regional) for addressing identified gaps;
Working Group 3: Options and possible good practices for enhanced regional cooperation supporting human resources development in major areas of peaceful nuclear applications, particularly in the health sector (e.g. Regional Resource Centres, promotion of TCDC and other forms of cooperation, partnership building, etc.).
Extensive discussions were held on major subjects and the meeting agreed on a series of recommendations covering both strategic as well as operational aspects of the TC programme supported by the IAEA in the region of Asia and the Pacific. The recommendations aim at enhancing the involvement of Member States in the regional programme design, implementation evaluation and monitoring as well as improving the delivery through effective joint efforts from Member States and the IAEA.