Namibia Technical Cooperation with the IAEA (Office of the National Liaison Officer)
Namibia is party to the Revised Supplementary Agreement Concerning the Provision of Technical Assistance by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to the African Regional Co-operation Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA). The two Agreements define the guiding principles and general operating rules that govern the provision of technical assistance to Namibia by the IAEA.
Office of the NLO
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services is the designated National Liaison Officer for all matters pertaining to cooperation with the IAEA and therefore plays a leading role in advancing the role of nuclear technology by engaging counterparts to realise the objectives of the CPF in the broader ontext of Namibia’s national developmental plans. In the context of the Board’s mandate to make recommendations to Government on the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the Board’s Secretariat assists the Office of the National Liaison Officer to formulate, coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the technical cooperation programme with the IAEA.
The Country Programme Framework (CPF) described in this document constitutes the frame of reference for the medium-term technical cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Namibia. It was developed through intensive discussions with competent national authorities. In the mutually agreed strategy for matching nuclear technology to national priorities for sustainable development, the focus of cooperation will be on aspects of agricultural production, human health, water resources management, human resource development, industrial applications, energy planning and the further strengthening of the national radiation protection infrastructure.
2012 – 2013 Technical Cooperation Programme
Five new national projects have been approved by the IAEA for implementation at the start of 2012. These projects include (i) building the teaching and research capabilities for nuclear applications at the Polytechnic of Namibia; (ii) study on the relationship between nutritional status and clinical outcomes of malaria; (iii) application of groundwater isotope techniques to conceptualize groundwater flow dynamics, recharge and quality ; (iv) mutation breeding to develop high yielding and drought resistant Pearl millet, Sorghum bicolor, Bambara groundnut and cowpea; and (v) establishment of research and diagnostic capacity for effective control of animal diseases in the northern communal areas.
The technical cooperation programme with the IAEA is described in the Country Programme Framework (CPF), which is a five year planning document, agreed between Namibia and the IAEA, and defines the role that nuclear technology can play in the overall national development plans. Priority areas are drawn from Vision 2030 and the National Development Plan and currently include areas such as crop production, water resource management, livestock disease, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, energy planning, nuclear safety and security, and uranium mining amongst others. The emphasis is on technology transfer and thus the core component of assistance received from the IAEA is mainly training, expert advice and provision of equipment.
2009 – 2011 Technical Cooperation Programme
During the 2009/11 TC Cycle Namibia implemented five national projects covering areas such as radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, crop production, water resources management and nuclear regulatory infrastructure. Furthermore Namibia participated in twenty four regional projects covering a wide spectrum of applications of nuclear energy. The total assistance received from the IAEA during the year 2010 is about N$3.5 mil