Statement by Ambassador HIKIHARA Takeshi at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 5 June 2023 Item 3: Strengthening of the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Activities - Technical Cooperation Report for 2022

Thank you, Chair,
Japan thanks the Agency for preparing the draft “Technical Cooperation Report for 2022”, and for organizing the informal briefing for Member States. The report provides a reader-friendly summary of the progress made in the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Programme.
Japan strongly supports the continuing efforts of the IAEA Secretariat to implement the Technical Cooperation Programme. In particular, Agency’s initiatives such as NUTEC Plastics, ZODIAC, and Rays of Hope have been making a significant impact in transforming people’s perception on the nuclear science and technology, since they can directly feel its great benefit through these projects.
This year, Japan has supported the Rays of Hope initiative by allocating two million US dollars for strengthening radiation therapy and medical imaging in Ukraine, and one million euro for building capacity for radiotherapy and nuclear medicine in Senegal. These contributions are made under the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI), which is a valuable mechanism to provide prompt and flexible support to recipient countries for their sustainable socio-economic development.
Japan requests the Secretariat to provide regular updates on the progress and achievements of the NUTEC Plastics, ZODIAC and Rays of Hope initiatives throughout the project implementation, including the impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Japan continues to place great importance on human resource development in the field of nuclear science and technology. We are pleased that Japanese experts continue to play a central role in the project entitled “Supporting Nuclear Science and Technology Education at the Secondary and Tertiary Level”.
We also welcome that the IAEA signed an arrangement this march with an 11-member consortium of universities and scientific institutions in Japan under its Rays of Hope initiative, in order to strengthen the nuclear medicine workforce in Asia and the Pacific.
Japan has been paying its share of the Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF) in full. We welcome the increase in the Rate of Attainment, which reached 97.5% last year. Japan once again encourages all Member States to pay their TCF target shares and National Participation Costs (NPCs) in full.
Japan commends the Secretariat’s continuous efforts to build broader partnership with the private sector. We are pleased that the Technical Cooperation Report acknowledges contributions from four Japanese companies in TC projects, and look forward to the Secretariat’s further engagement with the private sector in the future.
Thank you, Chair.