The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) � Task Force Meeting to develop the new Regional Strategic Cooperative Framework 2019-2023 for Africa will be held in Mauritius in March 2018.

The IAEA is developing a new African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA) Regional Strategy Cooperative Framework for the period 2019-2023.

The objective of the Meeting is to review the SWOT Analysis based on the critical assessment report and working document with a view to developing strategic programmes focusing on the priority areas of Human Health, Food and Agriculture and Radiation Safety including developing key performance indicators. It also aims at establishing TCDC (Technical cooperation among developing countries)/triangular cooperation to play a critical role in enhancing African Member States capacity to benefit from nuclear science and technology including the other thematic areas (energy development, industrial applications, water resources).

During the Meeting, the draft Regional Strategic Cooperative Framework (RCF) would be critically reviewed with a view to developing strategic programmes focusing on the priority areas of Human Health, Food and Agriculture and Radiation Safety.

Some 40 participants are expected to attend the meeting.

Regional Strategic Cooperative Framework

The purpose of the RCF is to identify and prioritise regional cooperation opportunities for the sustainable promotion of peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology, on the basis of an in-depth assessment of the most pressing regional developmental problems, needs and priorities in the African socioeconomic context. The RCF is also meant to facilitate the building of strategic partnerships with other relevant bilateral and multilateral bodies, agencies and organisations. It will serve as a basis for the formulation of AFRA regional programmes and will be used as a frame of reference for the process of development of AFRA regional projects.

International Atomic Energy Agency

The IAEA was created in 1957 in response to the deep fears and expectations generated by the discoveries and diverse uses of nuclear technology. The Agency works in close partnership with Member States, United Nations agencies, research organisations and civil society to maximise the contribution of nuclear science and technology to the achievement of development priorities. It also plays an active part in helping the international community achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Government of Mauritius