Evaluation of Technical Cooperation

IAEA Board of Governers: Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Activities in 2010

IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC)
November 29-December 1, 2010

Agenda Item Number 3

Evaluation of Technical Cooperation Activities in 2010

U.S. Statement

Ambassador Glyn Davies

U.S. Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency

Mr. Chairman,

The United States would like to thank the Secretariat and, in particular, Mr. Frits Eriksen and his OIOS colleagues for their Report on Evaluation of TC Activities.  We hope that the recommendations and “lessons learned” from these evaluations will help improve project management and implementation for all involved in peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

We would like the Secretariat to report on progress of the implementation of the 2010 OIOS recommendations at the September 2011 Board of Governors meeting.   Full implementation of these recommendations will maximize the benefits of the TC Program to Member States.

We strongly support the Agency’s efforts to strengthen and increase collaboration within the Agency, as well as with local agencies, institutes, the general public, and with relevant UN and multilateral development organizations in order to foster collaboration and to share information, initiatives, and experience, while maximizing efficiency.

My Government strongly emphasizes that the health of the Technical Cooperation program, and of the Agency as a whole, depends upon complete consideration of technical cooperation projects within a “one-house” framework that takes into account safety, security, and nonproliferation implications of projects.  We encourage OIOS to evaluate the degree to which the full range of IAEA equities are being incorporated into TC Project design and review.

We encourage longer-term funding by other organizations and stakeholders to ensure financial sustainability of the project activities.

We welcome the recommendations on procurement and results- based management, respectively.   We encourage the Secretariat to make implementation of these recommendations a priority.  Providing greater information to all Member States on the procurement process would enable recipient states to improve the quality of projects, while providing contributing Member States with a greater understanding of how particular procurements relate to achieving the results of a project.  In order for all Member States to be fully aware of the procurement process and issues, we would like to recommend that all information be transparent and reported through TC PRIDE.

We also strongly support conclusion 8 on results-based management:  that the Secretariat should ensure that TC project plans are completed in all respects with sufficient information regarding intended outcomes, performance indicators, risks, and assumptions prior to TC project approval.  Again, we request that all of this information be provided to all Member States well in advance of the TACC to ensure we can fulfill our responsibilities as Members of the Board of Governors under the IAEA Statute.

The United States takes note of this year’s Evaluation Report and endorses the proposed evaluation program for 2011.   We recommend that the OIOS assessment of the equipment component of the TC program include an examination of procurement from a safeguards and proliferation perspective.  Furthermore, given Member States’ responsibilities under the IAEA Statute, we encourage the OIOS to evaluate and recommend ways to improve transparency for Member States regarding equipment that is being procured and how such equipment benefits the stated TC project.  We also request that the OIOS evaluation of uranium exploration and production activities examine the accountancy and control practices at mines in the face of possible efforts, including by Iran, to seek covert supply of uranium in the face of limited domestic supply and United Nations Security Council sanctions.  Lastly, we recommend that OIOS reports be made public for increased transparency.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.