Technical Cooperation Programme

IAEA workshop on Nuclear Law, Abu Dhabi, January 2012

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been closely working with the Technical Cooperation Department of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 1976 to benefit from the IAEA’s expertise and assistance in nuclear energy and related technologies and to closely follow up on technical aspects of its Civil Nuclear Energy Programme.
Through its active participation in the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme, the UAE receives technical expertise to achieve its national development priorities in thematic areas of human health, agriculture productivity and food security, water resource management, environmental protection, physics and chemical applications and sustainable energy development, along with the cross-cutting thematic area of safety and security.
Successful Projects with Technical Cooperation
From 1976 to date, through its collaboration with the Technical Cooperation (TC) Department of the IAEA, the UAE has successfully completed many projects in the fields of: overall programming, radioactive waste management technology and infrastructure, reactor technology; nuclear instrumentation; electronics and reactor control; animal disease; fundamental medical research; ground-water hydrology; regulatory infrastructure for radiation and waste safety; medical exposure control; and emergency preparedness and response.
Through participating in technical meetings, training courses, workshops, expert missions, fellowships, and scientific visits, as well as hosting them, the UAE shares and receives essential skills and expertise necessary for establishing sustainable uses of nuclear technology in the country, and developing the related national human resources and capabilities.  
Nuclear Power Programme Support through Technical Cooperation

UAE nuclear regulator hosts IAEA workshop on Inspection during Nuclear Power Plant Construction in Abu Dhabi, November 2012

As a country embarking on a Nuclear Power Programme, the UAE is  committed to the highest standards of nuclear safety, security and operational transparency, which are main pillars of its nuclear policy. Technical cooperation is the main medium through which the UAE can request expert assistance for the development of its nuclear power programme infrastructure, and for additional support in the areas of nuclear safety, security, safeguards, and nuclear technology.
Working closely with IAEA's  Department of Technical Cooperation, UAE identifies national needs, and develops and implements strategies to meet them. This is done through national projects that currently focus mostly on fields of nuclear power infrastructure, environment protection, and radiation safety and dosimetry.
UAE actively participates in regional and interregional projects that answer particular national interests and needs. Such regional projects include those of Asia and the Pacific region, and those within the Gulf Cooperation Council and ARASIA (Arab States of Asia).

Setting the Technical Cooperation Framework under the IAEA

Signing of the CPF between Mr. Kwaku Aning, DDG for IAEA TC Department and H.E. Ambassador Alkaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA, Abu Dhabi, 7 December 2011

In order to build a concise frame of national development needs that can be addressed using the IAEA's support in nuclear science and technology, the UAE and the IAEA signed the Country Profile Framework (CPF) in December 2011.
The CPF defines mutually agreed priority development needs and interests that are to be supported through technical cooperation activities between the UAE Government and the Agency for the period of 2012-2016. These activities are based on the national development plan, country specific analyses and lessons learned from past cooperation.
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The CPF agreement highlights areas where nuclear science and technology could contribute directly and cost-effectively to UAE national development.
“UAE is at the forefront of countries developing new nuclear energy programmes, the IAEA supports the UAE efforts through multiple on-going technical cooperation projects. UAE experience is important for the Agency and can be considered as a model for other countries interested in developing new nuclear energy programmes,” 
Kwaku Aning, Deputy Director General of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Department.  
Within the framework of the IAEA’s programme on assessment and feedback of nuclear power plant performance, the Permanent Mission of the UAE also coordinated and finalized the preparation of the UAE Country Nuclear Power Profiles (CNPP). The CNPP compiles background information on the status and development of nuclear power programmes in the UAE. It consists of organizational and industrial aspects of nuclear power programmes and provides information about the relevant legislative, regulatory, and international framework in the country.

UAE’s Integrated Work Plan for the Nuclear Power Programme
The UAE is looked upon closely as a model for countries embarking on a nuclear power programme. The Permanent Mission of the UAE to the IAEA has recently initiated with the support of main stakeholders a new initiative involving all departments of the IAEA in developing an Integrated Work Plan (IWP) 2013-2017, which highlights all areas and activities of cooperation between the Agency and the UAE, until operation of its first nuclear power plant in 2017. The IWP is based on national needs highlighted in the UAE CPF as well.  UAE is taking the lead among nuclear new comers  to conclude such an integrated work plan.

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