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Argentina and Bolivia cooperate in the field of nuclear medicine

Friday 16 February 2018
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On 16 February, INVAP S.E., a leading Argentine nuclear technology development company, signed a contract with the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency (ABEN) in order to supply three Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Centres in the Bolivian cities of El Alto, La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

The signing ceremony took place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and was attended by the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, the Argentine Ambassador to Bolivia, Normando Álvarez García, and the President of the Board of Directors of INVAP, Héctor Otheguy, among other senior officials.

Each of the facilities to be provided by the Argentine company has cutting-edge equipment and will offer services in the field of nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, providing essential tools to fight cancer and other chronic diseases through diagnosis and treatment.

The agreement also provides for the training and coaching of Bolivian human resources at National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) premises, as well as for the assistance of Argentine professionals during the first years of operation of the centres.

Thus, the signing of the agreement between INVAP and the Nuclear Agency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, which comes after the recent contract award to the Argentine company for the provision of a multi-purpose research reactor to the Kingdom of the Netherlands last January, marks a milestone as regards international cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and contributes, in this case, to strengthening the development of the region in the high social impact field of nuclear medicine.

This new partnership with Bolivia in the nuclear field reaffirms the implementation of a responsible high value-added technology export policy and is supported by the Argentine Foreign Ministry, which works continuously towards the international insertion of Argentina's nuclear industry.

Press release No. 051/18
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