Dec 16, 2009
On 15 December 2009 the second CPF between Mongolia and the IAEA (for 2009-2014) was signed, by Ms Ana-María Cetto, Deputy Director General, Department of Technical Cooperation and, on behalf of the Government of Mongolia, by Prof. Sodnom Enkhbat, ScD, Director General, Nuclear Energy Agency of Mongolia. The first CPF was signed in 2001, covering the period 2001-2006.
This CPF outlines a strategy for focused IAEA Technical Cooperation efforts in supporting the current socio-economic development goals of Mongolia and will follow the main policies, objectives and priorities, approved under the Action Plan of the Government of Mongolia for the period 2008-2012 (based on the “Millennium Development Goals”) which gives great importance to improving public services in various sectors, particularly the health sector, water management, energy, environment, mining industry and agriculture. For the near term plan as well as for the medium term, sectoral priorities will be the focus of the TC programme to tackle those particular issues where available and competitive nuclear technology has a key role and a visible contribution in achieving expected results/outcomes leading to a sustainable impact in the long run, under the appropriate and effective safety and security conditions.
Efforts have been made to involve all parties in the planning, development and implementation of projects. Several stakeholders from within society participated in formulating this CPF. The main national stakeholders include: the Ministries of Health; Food, Agriculture and Light Industry; Education, Culture and Science; Minerals and Energy; and Environment.
The development directions and goals set forth by the Government of Mongolia in its 2008-2012 Action Plan, helped in defining and agreeing on the extent and scope of the cooperation between the IAEA and Mongolia. Accordingly, the cooperation activities for the period mentioned above focus on the following priority sectors:
- Uranium mining and regulations; Energy planning and economics;
- Agriculture and livestock health and production;
- Strengthening of national capability in nuclear science and technology;
- Human health and nutrition;
- Radiation protection and nuclear safety;
- Water resource management, and
- Non-destructive testing techniques for industrial applications.
In addition, in view of the pressing need to maintain the know-how in all high priority nuclear techniques, particular efforts will be deployed to tackle this cross-cutting issue in all areas, mostly through, specific and general training. Sensitization programmes will also be developed and implemented in accordance with a mutually agreed plan of action.