Diplomacy

Fiji to pursue leadership in nuclear technology

A proposal for Fiji to serve as a regional hub for nuclear medicine and cutting-edge training in radiation safety has been put to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Talks between the Attorney-General and Minister of Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the Section Head for Asia and the Pacific for the IAEA), Mr. Oscar Acuñr this […]

Staff Writers

April 7, 2016 12:57 pm

A proposal for Fiji to serve as a regional hub for nuclear medicine and cutting-edge training in radiation safety has been put to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Talks between the Attorney-General and Minister of Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the Section Head for Asia and the Pacific for the IAEA), Mr. Oscar Acuñr this week discussed applications of nuclear technology in Fiji’s health and agricultural sectors.

The meeting covered the potential of radiation technology in boosting medical capabilities in Fiji. Specifically the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in the region. They also discussed the use of nuclear technology in improving the treatment of food products prior to export from Fiji.

The peaceful applications of nuclear technology in medicine and in agriculture are well advanced in the industrialised nations and have benefits that can also apply in a country like Fiji. To achieve this, we need to develop a regulatory framework that establishes an independent body to oversee the safe adoption of nuclear technologies.

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