The board of directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has recently approved a series of technical cooperation programs for the implementation of five national projects in Uzbekistan, as reported by the Dunyo news agency.
The first three projects are geared towards enhancing national capacity in the development of nuclear industry infrastructure, reinforcing the regulatory framework for effective control and regulation of nuclear energy, and ensuring nuclear safety. Additionally, efforts are being directed towards optimizing the performance and efficient utilization of Uzbekistan's research nuclear reactor.
The fourth initiative involves the establishment of a stable isotope laboratory under the jurisdiction of the Hydrometeorological Service Agency, a branch of the Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection, and Climate Change. This laboratory aims to monitor water resources and identify sources of pollution using stable isotopes.
Lastly, the fifth project, titled "Expansion and strengthening of radiation medicine in the treatment of cancer," is focused on reducing the mortality rate from cancer. This will be achieved through the implementation of high-quality radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, and other nuclear medicine technologies in Uzbekistan. The project also emphasizes the development of national recommendations and comprehensive training for medical personnel.
The governments of Uzbekistan and Russia entered into agreements on strategic partnership in the field of nuclear medicine. This partnership includes the provision of free technical assistance to Uzbekistan for the creation of a cadastral assessment system in 2023-2024, as well as the supply of cotton yarn to Russia.