Mauritius to accede to International Atomic Energy Agency’s sixth regional agreement
Mauritius will accede to the Sixth African Regional Cooperative Agreement, which is an intergovernmental agreement aiming at strengthening and enlarging the contribution of nuclear science and technology to the socioeconomic development of the African continent.(Image:iaea.org)
Mauritius will accede to the Sixth African Regional Cooperative Agreement (AFRA) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the period 2015 to 2020.
The AFRA is an intergovernmental agreement established by African Member States to further strengthen and enlarge the contribution of nuclear science and technology to the socioeconomic development of the African continent, which entered into force on 4 April 1990, following the approval of the IAEA’s Board of Governors in February 1990.
The scope of the AFRA activities covers six thematic areas — human health, food and agriculture, water resources, sustainable energy development, industrial applications, nuclear and waste safety& security — and a wide range of peaceful applications of nuclear techniques that contribute towards the achievement of national and regional development goals.
The agreements aim at maximising the use of available infrastructure and expertise in Africa,by assisting member state to move towards regional self-sufficiency using peaceful applications of nuclear techniques.
Every five years, its member states renew the AFRA Agreement and this renewal is achieved by notifying the Director General of the IAEA of the AFRA member states’ to accept the extension of the Agreement, and the continued participating in the Agreement decision is taken by them.
It is to be noted that the International Atomic Energy Agency is not party to AFRA, but provides technical and scientific backstopping as well as financial and administrative support, in accordance with the IAEA’s principles, rules and procedures applicable to the Agency’s technical cooperation programme.