Planning the Further Work of IAEA TC Programme

The UAE Permanent Mission to the IAEA continually ensures cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Technical Cooperation (TC) Department and promotes the country’s interests at technical meetings throughout the year.

Between 21-24 February 2012, the annual National Liaison Officers Meeting took place at the IAEA Headquarters in order to discuss the work of the TC Programme in Asia and the Pacific regions.
H.E. Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE NLO along with staff from Permanent Mission participated in the meeting’s discussions on the implementation of current TC programme for the TC cycle 2012-2013 and the preparation for the forthcoming 2014-2015 TC cycle.
Discussions were focused on delivery of the TC programme and the implementation of the TC projects.
Key issues that Member States and IAEA experts addressed at the meeting include lessons learned and experience gained on preparation for the 2012-2013 TC programme, the difficulties and the challenges, enhancement of the TC Programme services and strengthen regional cooperation among Asia and the Pacific Member States.
During the meeting NLOs agreed on Plan of Action that outlines enhanced approach for delivery of TC programme in the forthcoming 2014-2015 TC cycle in the region.
The UAE closely cooperates with the TC Department in six ongoing National projects and participates in twenty nine active regional and interregional projects for ARASIA in cooperation with eight other Arab Member states in Asia and the Pacific.
These projects range across a number of the thematic areas of human health, food and agriculture, marine environment, energy planning, cultural heritage, QA/QC of nuclear analysis, and norm.
National Liaison Officer (NLO)
The NLO is the principal interface between the Agency and a national authority on technical cooperation (TC) and related matters. The role of the NLO has been recognized as pivotal in ensuring the optimal performance of the TC programme and in enhancing the benefits derived by Member States.