Honest Nuclear Broker
IAEA Offers Impartial Advice to Countries Interested in Nuclear Power
IAEA experts met with Member States representatives to illustrate the services available to countries interested in nuclear power. (Photo: G. Verlini/IAEA)
With 65 countries expressing an interest in launching a nuclear power programme, the need for an "honest nuclear broker" that provides them with impartial advise is higher than ever. The IAEA can fulfil that role.
As the world´s leading international centre of nuclear cooperation promoting the safe, secure and sustainable development of nuclear power, the IAEA can offer impartial, non-commercial advice to countries with little or no experience in nuclear power.
At a briefing held during the 54th IAEA General Conference, IAEA experts met with Member States representatives to illustrate the services available to countries interested in nuclear power, including the newly-launched Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Group (INIG).
The Group, which brings together and coordinates technical services from different IAEA Departments, offers newcomer countries a comprehensive approach to nuclear power development.
"INIG builds on and strengthens mechanisms already in place within the IAEA," explained Anne Starz, who heads the IAEA´s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Group.
As part of its array of services offered to countries, the IAEA also runs workshops and fora for nuclear newcomers.
"Our aim is to help Member States´ become intelligent nuclear customers," said Starz.
During the briefing, representatives from both technology holder and receiver countries described how international cooperation is helping meet the world´s rising demand for nuclear power.
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-- By Giovanni Verlini, IAEA Division of Public Information