Bahrain Signs Its First IAEA Program Framework

The United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that Bahrain had signed its first Country Program Framework that formally initiates its interest in various priorities related to the transfer of nuclear technology and international cooperation.

BahrainBahrain's Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rana Bint Esa Bin Duaij Al Khalifa and the head of the Department of Technical Cooperation Dazhu Yang both signed the agreement that covers 2018 through 2023.

Called a Country Program Framework or CPF, the document provides a "point of reference for the medium-term planning of technical cooperation between a member state and the IAEA" the agency said. It also points out priorities that serve as a guideline for national development goals.

The country Bahrain, is the third smallest nation in Asia. It consists of several islands in the Persian Gulf and has a population of less than 1.5 million people. It has been an IAEA Member State since 2009. The CPF was signed on 28 May 2018.

The country's goals, spelled out in the CPF include improving public health, improving food security, agricultural productivity and water resource management, protection of the environment, sustainable energy development, education and advancement of human resource development in nuclear science, and developing programs related to radiation safety and security, including legal constructs. 

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