14 mayo 2007
Haiti has been a Member of the IAEA since 1957 making it one of its founders. While it has benefited from the Technical Cooperation programme until the 90s, this was interrupted and renewed only in 2001. Since then, the Government of Haiti has been endeavouring to sustain and re-inforce its TC programme in support of their national efforts in different sectors.
In a recent meeting in Port-au-Prince with the Head of the IAEA's Technical Cooperation Programme, Ms. Ana María Cetto, Deputy Director General, the President of Haiti, Mr. Rene Preval, expressed pleasure for the support of the IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme to the national programmes on nutrition for children, manpower development for the re-establishment of cancer theraphy and environmental issues including those for potable water resources. Ms. Cetto also expressed the sustained commitment that the Agency will have with Haiti especially in the regulatory aspects of energy planning.
The Prime Minister of Haiti, Mr. Jacques Edouard Alexis and Ms. Cetto discussed the importance of a stronger participation of Haiti in the IAEA governing bodies and in securing its full right to vote. Haiti has recently cancelled its arrears with the IAEA.
Like the Minister of Health, Dr. Robert Auguste, who expressed appreciation and interest for the IAEA support on the re-establishment of the radiotheraphy through manpower development programmes in the country, the Prime Minister discussed the need for an integrated and strategic approach for cancer control to re-establish the radiotheraphy programme of Haiti. The IAEA together with the Government of Canada is supporting the fellowships in medical physics at the University of Montreal in Canada of two Haitienne candidates. In addition, specialisation on oncology is also being considered by the Government of Canada for two Haitienne medical doctors.
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