Morocco was elected Thursday as member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the 62nd session of the General Conference of the Agency which is held in Vienna.
Morocco, which has received unanimous support from the African group, will sit on the Board of Governors for a two-year term from 2018 to 2020. Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the IAEA in Vienna, Lotfi Bouchaara, who presented on Wednesday the Kingdom’s candidacy during the General debate, affirmed on this occasion that “the mandate of Morocco is meant to serve Africa and all Africans,” the Moroccan Embassy in Vienna said in a statement.
Thanks to the support of the IAEA, Morocco has developed its national expertise in various fields which allow it today to exchange its experience with other Member States, particularly African countries, the diplomat added.
“The Kingdom of Morocco seeks through its membership to the Board of Governors to continue resolutely its commitment to support the role of the agency in technical assistance especially for African countries,” the source pointed out.
Morocco will spare no effort to promote dialogue, negotiation and multilateral action at the Board of Governors in the areas of nuclear technology transfer, nuclear safety, security and technical cooperation “, Bouchaara pointed out.
This important election of Morocco at the Council of Governors in Vienna reinforces Morocco’s position within the United Nations system. The Board of Governors is one of the two policy-making bodies of the IAEA, along with the annual General Conference of IAEA Member States.
The Board examines and makes recommendations to the General Conference on the IAEA’s financial statements, programme and budget. It considers applications for membership, approves safeguards agreements and the publication of the IAEA’s safety standards. It also appoints the Director General of the IAEA, with the approval of the General Conference.