Antigua and Barbuda- On Monday 6th November 2017, the Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosted the Intermediate Coordination Meeting. Antigua and Barbuda has been members of the IAEA since October 2015. The IAEA has been close partners with Antigua and Barbuda for several months and has assisted in guiding the twin island nation in developing its regulatory infrastructure.
Keynote speakers at the meeting included: Mr. Saul Perez, Section Head of the TC Programme Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Perez spoke about the commitment of the IAEA to the region in providing the requisite technical expertise, procurement of equipment and training of local experts during his opening remarks. Mr. Dariusz Mroz, Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist within the Control of Radiation Sources Unit provided a very informative and detailed presentation on the importance of a regulatory infrastructure for the island. Ms. Shawn Smith from the US NRC (National Regulation Commission) gave a very insightful presentation on the international assistance opportunities available to strengthen regulatory infrastructures in the Caribbean and various ways the US NRC can partner with Caribbean stakeholders. Mrs. Dianne Lalla-Rodrigues who served as the facilitator of the event gave the welcoming remarks and expressed Antigua and Barbuda’s delight in having the IAEA on island for this very important meeting. Mrs. Rodrigues also emphasized the Government’s commitment to comply with the IAEA guidelines in the safe control of radiation and radioactive sources.
Also in attendance were local representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Environment. Regional representatives from Barbados, the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.