Statement by the Chairman of the Coordination Group
Lady and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to be here in Kuala Lumpur for the first time.
I wish to thank the Government of Malaysia, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board and the
Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research for agreeing to host this
coordination meeting on radiation protection projects in the region.
Over the past two decades regional radiation protection projects have focussed on
establishing and maintaining basic radiation protection infrastructures. This included the
establishment of radiation protection legislation and regulation, occupational exposure
control, medical (patient) exposure control, public exposure control and emergency
planning and preparedness. The current and former RCA and IAEA radiation protection
projects have borne fruit and radiation protection infrastructure now exists in all member
states in the region in varying degrees of sophistication.
Notwithstanding this success, there is a need to consolidate, sustain and refine what has
been achieved through ongoing regional cooperation and interaction. In particular, it is
important to move to self-sustainability and regional self-reliance.
As we enter into this next two-year phase of projects, we can also look back on the past
two decades of endeavour and celebrate our success in establishing radiation protection
infrastructures in the region. This has been achieved through the strong commitment of
member states, the IAEA and the RCA. As we look to the future, the challenge is to
consolidate, maintain and sustain these achievements.
The purpose of this meeting is :
to review the programme proposed for 2005-2006 and the activities undertaken in the
to review the new Regional Projects on Radiation Protection to ensure harmonization
between these projects and the RCA project,
to review and revise activities proposed in 2005-2006, and
to develop and approve a concept paper for the new RCA Project on Radiation
Protection to be implemented in 2007-2008.
I welcome you all. Selamat Datang. I am looking forward to your active participation in
what should be a very productive meeting.
21 February 2005