On April 18 in Astana, the minister of energy Almassadam Satkaliyev and the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi signed the Country Programme Framework (CPF) between Kazakhstan and the agency for 2023-2028, QazMonitor reports citing the ministry’s press service.
Spanning from four to six years, the CPF is the basis for medium-term planning of technical cooperation between the IAEA and its member states. Its purpose is to identify mutually agreed development needs and interests to be supported through technical cooperation. The framework helps to integrate nuclear technologies into existing development initiatives and identify potential areas for further application.
The 2023-2028 program accounts for Kazakhstan's status as a country planning to build its first nuclear power plant. It identifies four priority areas – nuclear energy infrastructure, nuclear and radiation safety, food safety, and nuclear medicine.