VIENNA, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano highlighted the good progress made in the delivery of technical cooperation projects with the Member States, and encouraged the "development of more focused technical projects in which Member States, the IAEA and other partners can work together to help countries achieve their national development priorities."

Amano made his remarks in a statement to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which concluded in Vienna Friday evening. He briefed Board members on the status of the renovation of the IAEA's nuclear application laboratories, and the development of their capacity to support Member States in the use of nuclear technologies in the fields of food, agriculture, human health and the environment, as well as the use of new nuclear scientific instruments.

The IAEA has signed contracts for the purchase of low enriched uranium for the IAEA LEU Bank, which is nearing completion in Kazakhstan, Amano said. He declared that, the IAEA LEU Bank will host a reserve of LEU and act as a supplier for Member States in case the supply of LEU to a nuclear power plant is disrupted due to exceptional circumstances and the Member State is unable to secure LEU from the commercial market or by any other means. "Our aim is to have the LEU delivered to the IAEA Storage Facility before the end of the next year," Amano added.

Source: Emirates News Agency