IAEA expressed confidence in our nuclear handling: FO

By Staff Reporter
Friday – March 16, 2018
ISLAMABAD: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Yukia Amano, on his second visit to Pakistan since 2014, acknowledged the excellent and robust nuclear safety and security measures put in place by Pakistan and expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s active contribution to IAEA’s efforts to build capacity in other countries in the region by providing experts and hosting training courses.

According to a foreign office (FO) statement on Thursday, Amano’s visit to Pakistan was primarily to discuss cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

During his stay in Pakistan, Amano visited various civilian nuclear installations and facilities including the construction sites of K2 and K3 nuclear power plants.

He held meetings with the chairman of the Pakistan atomic energy commission (PAEC) and the chairman of the Pakistan nuclear regulatory authority (PNRA).

Discussions at these meetings focused on the importance of nuclear power as a clean source of energy as well as nuclear technology applications in areas such as agriculture, health, industry, water resource management, environment protection, and food safety.

Amano inaugurated a food security lab at nuclear institute for agriculture and biology (NIAB) in Faisalabad.

He appreciated the role played by Pakistan at the IAEA as well as Pakistan’s contributions in the area of “peaceful nuclear applications”.

Pakistan is a “founding member” of the IAEA since 1957 and has enjoyed longstanding and mutually beneficial collaboration with the agency on peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

It regularly serves on the IAEA’s board of governors and is also one of the largest recipients of the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme in peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

On the other hand, scientists and engineers from Pakistan have contributed to the agency’s work in various fields. Pakistan also continues to host various IAEA sponsored international events on nuclear safety and security.