The Ministry of Mines and Energy was awarded the 2007 ARCAL Prize in Vienna

In a ceremony held on September 18th of 2007 the Ambassador to Austria, Rosso José Serrano Cadena, received the prize from the Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA's Technical Cooperation department, Ms. Ana María Cetto.

In recognition of its distinguished performance in promoting and contributing to the peaceful development of nuclear energy in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy was awarded the 2007 ARCAL prize in the city of Vienna, Austria on September 18th of 2007

ARCAL (Regional Cooperative Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean) created the ARCAL Prize with the objective of annually awarding an individual or institutional recognition for distinguished performance in regional promotion and collaboration towards the peaceful development of nuclear energy and for significant and beneficial contributions to signatory countries.

This award is the first prize granted by ARCAL and the ceremony took place during the VIII ORA-ARCAL meeting, in the framework of the 51st General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The award given to the Ministry of Mines and Energy was received by the Ambassador to Austria, Rosso José Serrano Cadena, from the hands of Ana María Cetto, Deputy Director General and Head of the Technical Cooperation department of the IAEA, and Ciro Arévalo, Colombian Ambassador and Alternate Representative, in the Presidency of ARCAL.

With this recognition to the country, Colombia's work as President of ARCAL has come to an end after one year, full of important advances in nuclear technology for common areas of mutual cooperation between countries, in response to priority development needs such as human health, agriculture, the environment and water resources