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A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE POLICY ISSUES CONCERNING THE RCA PROGRAMME
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2011.07.07

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OVERVIEW OF RCA
  • AN INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN 17 IAEA MEMBER STATES IN EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION ESTABLISHED FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION IN RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING IN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  • ROLE OF THE IAEA
    - NOT A PARTY TO THE AGREEMENT
    - FUNCTIONS AS THE SECRETARIAT
    - PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR RCA PROJECTS THROUGH THE TECHNICAL COOPERATION PROGRAMME
    - PROVIDES TECHNICAL BACKSTOPPING TO THE PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED

RCA STAKEHOLDERS
  • NATIONAL RCA REPRESENTATIVES
  • THEMATIC SECTOR LEAD COUNTRY COORDINATORS
  • PROJECT LEAD COUNTRY COORDINATORS
  • ATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATORS
  • PROJECT TEAMS
  • REGIONAL RESOURCE UNITS (RRUs)

RCA PROGRAMME IN 2003/2004

RCA PROGRAMME PROPOSED FOR 2005/2006

TECHNICAL COOPERAION PROGRAMME OF THE AGENCY
  • FUNDED THROUGH VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEMBER STATES
  • TOTAL ANNUAL BUDGET 73 MILLION $ (TARGET)
  • EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SECTION 13.0 MILLION $ PER YEAR
    -RCA PROGRAMME -18 %
    -OTHER REGIONAL PROJECTS - 17%
    -NATIONAL PROJECTS - 65%

RCA BUDGET FOR 2005/2006

CHALLENGES
  • FULFILLMENT OF THE RCA VISION
  • ENSURING THE FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PROGRAMM

RCA VISION
  • THE RCA SHALL STRIVE TO BECOME A RESPECTED REGIONAL RESOURCE COMMUNITY IN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, COMPETENT AND COST EFFECTIVE IN PROVIDING HIGH IMPACT SOLUTIONS ON A SUSTAINABLE BASIS TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS FOR IDENTIFIED END-USERS WITHIN THE REGION AND MEMBER STATES

FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
  • HIGH DEGREE OF DEPENDENCE ON THE TECHNICAL COOPERATION FUND OF THE IAEA (80%)
  • NEED TO INCREASE ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF FUNDING THROUGH ESTABLISHMENT OF PARTNERSHIPS

NEEDS
  • STRENGTHENING THE CAPABILITY OF IDENTIFYING PROJECTS THAT LEAD TO HIGH SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT
  • STRENGTHENING THE CAPABILITY TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS TO DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS
  • EARNING RECOGNITION AS A PARTNER IN DEVELOPMENT

STRENGTHENING THE ABILITY TO IDENTIFYPROJECTS LEADING TO HIGH SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT

RCA PROJECTS SHOULD
  • ADDRESS THE DEVELOPMENT NEEDS OF PARTICPATING MEMBER STATES
  • ENJOY GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
  • LEAD TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT
  • BE SUSTAINABLE
  • BE LINKED TO MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
  • PROMOTE TCDC AND DEMONSTRATE THE OTHER ADVANTAGES OF REGIONAL COOPERATION
  • DEMONSTRATE THE ADVANTAGES OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY

ACTION TAKEN
  • ADOPTION OF CRITERIA FOR RCA PROJECTS
  • REVISION OF THE PROCEDURE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RCA PROJECTS
  • IDENTIFICATION OF MEDIUM TERM PRIORITIES OF EACH THEMATIC SECTOR (TO BE UNDERTAKEN)

PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION OF PROJECTS
  • SUBMISSION OF CONCEPT PAPERS BY RCA STAKEHOLDERS
  • IDENTIFICATION OF PRIORITIES BY NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
  • DEVELOPMENT OF DETAILED PROJECT PROPOSALS BY THE PROJECT LCCS
  • APPROVAL BY THE NRS AT THE GC MEETING
  • SUBMISSION TO IAEA OR TO DONOR AGENCIES

STRENGTHENING THE CAPABILITY TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS TO DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS
  • NEED FOR NATIONAL WORK PLANS
  • APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT TEAMS
  • PROGRESS MONITORING ON A REGULAR BASIS ( 6 MONTHLY PROJECT REPORTS)
  • PROGRESS REVIEW BY LEAD COUNTRY COORDINATORS AND NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

PUBLICIZING ACHIEVEMENTS TO EARN RECOGNITION AND TO ATTRACT DONOR FUNDING TO THE PROGRAMME
  • ESTABLISHMENT OF A REGIONAL OFFICE OF RCA FOR IMPROVING RCA VISIBILITY AND VIABILITY
  • PUBLICATION OF SUCCESS STORIES
  • RCA PUBLIC WEB-SITE (www.rcaro.org)
  • E-MAILING SERVICE
  • ESTABLISHMENT OF LINKS WITH POTENTIAL DONORS

IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES
  • PARTICIPATION IN PROJECTS
    -NATIONAL NEEDS
    -AVAILABILITY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES
  • PARTICIPATION IN RCA EVENTS
    -DELAY IN SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS
    -INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION
    -LACK OF CLARITY
  • HOSTING OF RCA EVENTS