This morning, Mr. Julio De Vido, Argentina’s Minister of Federal Planning, Public Investments and Services held a meeting with a Saudi Arabian to advance on the Cooperation Agreement for the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy signed by Argentina and Saudi Arabia in June 2011, during a visit of Mr. De Vido to the Near East country.
The Arab delegation was headed by Minister Walid Bin Husain Abu Al – Fara, Vice-president of KA-CARE; Mr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al –Sulaiman, Vice-president of Renewable Energies; Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Argentina, Turki Al Madi, among other officials of the atomic energy, scientific cooperation, international relations and research & development fields.
The meeting dealt with aspects of economic, scientific and technological aspects in the nuclear area, and special attention was given to renewable energies, such as wind power, biofuels, biomass and solar power, areas in which Saudi Arabia shows an important stage of development.
Previously, and before the meeting started, Mr. De Vido informed the Arab authorities that the Congress of the Argentine Nation had recently ratified the Agreement signed in Riad.
There was also a time to discuss the visit of the Arab delegation to INVAP Headquarters in Bariloche, to Atucha II, and to the Atomic Energy National Commission facilities in Ezeiza (Province of Buenos Aires) and Bariloche and to Instituto Balseiro, also in Bariloche.
The meeting ended with an agreement to appoint a liason commission and work groups in order to advance in the identification and realization of joint projects and the implementation of the Agreement clauses.
Minister De Vido was accompanied by Norma Boero and Mauricio Bisauta, President and Vicepresident of CNEA; Hector Otheguy, CEO of INVAP and by Elena Maceiras, Vice-presdient of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN).