ISTC takes Part in a Kenya Bureau of Standards Webinar for African Partners

Wednesday July 1st, 2020

At the invitation of Dr Henry Rotich, Director, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Dr David Otwoma, former Chairman, Eastern Africa Association of Radiation Protection (EAARP), ISTC took part in a webinar entitled Radiation Technical Opportunities Programmes in Africa that attracted the attention of more than a hundred and twenty nuclear experts from Kenya and other African states. Inaugurating the event on 30 June, Dr Henry Rotich appealed to the participants to help map better solutions for peaceful nuclear applications in the country and the East African region. He called for identification of an IAEA-designated centre in Kenya, for which the KEBS could serve as the backbone. KEBS maintains good partnership relations with ISTC, which supported KEBS seminars and other initiatives. On KEBS’s invitation ISTC Senior Management delegation, led by Ambassador Ron Lehman, the Chairman of the Governing Board, visited Kenya a year ago to advocate at various line ministries the adhesion of the country to ISTC, and to encourage potential stakeholders in that partnership. Dr David Otwoma, who mediated the webinar, is the Chief Analyst and deputy Director of the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), the Kenyan government institution under the Ministry of Education and Science,…
ISTC joins Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear for a Webinar on Nuclear Safety

Thursday June 18th, 2020

The Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear, a longstanding partner of ISTC in spreading sound nuclear culture in Africa, has organized a series of webinars do discuss the prospects for nuclear science and technology in Africa, to advocate for better nuclear education and to promote the need of nuclear safety and security across the continent. On behalf of ISTC, Dr. Kamen Velichkov, ISTC senior program manager and diplomatic adviser, talked about the EU-funded regional projects in Africa, and the ABC of establishing and maintaining nuclear safety procedures, policies and practices. He also emphasized the accumulated experience and trust after several partnership events that KYGN helped organize in Kenya with ISTC’s assistance, such as – the launch of the African Youth Generation in Nuclear (2017), the international integrated workshop on nuclear advocacy and communication (2017), the working visit of the ISTC management with a series of high-level talks and a special public event in Nairobi (2019). KYGN is one of the institutional partners that work to make a viable and possible the Kenyan membership in ISTC. KYGN leadership has organized the series of webinars with the aim to disseminate information and debunk the myths surrounding nuclear science and technology. The primary target…
The Titans of Nuclear Podcast interviews Dr. David Otwoma, an ISTC-affiliated Expert from Kenya

Wednesday June 10th, 2020

Bret Kugelmass, the host of the Titans of Nuclear podcast that features experts on nuclear energy, interviewed on 10 June 2020 Dr. David Otwoma, Chief Analyst at the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Kenya, who is also a resource person for the ISTC – implemented EU Project MC 5.01 15B Support to Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards. The anchor man, a Stanford MS mechanical engineer who has identified a huge disconnect between nuclear and tech and environment communities, strives through its podcast “to compile an audio encyclopedia of the greatest minds in Nuclear Energy opening the field to environmental-minded technologists.” Dr. David Otwoma is a perfect choice of expert to invite from Kenya. A member of the Board of the new Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Kenya, successor of the former Radiation Protection Board (RPB), Dr. Otwoma is an advocate for an African-led development of nuclear energy and nuclear technologies. He insists on building “our Europe” on the African continent, focusing on creating a cohort of local experts in the field of nuclear. This is a mission he pursues in his capacity of advisor to the Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear – the national chapter…
P 60 Steering Committee Discusses Results, Charts Ways ahead in the New Stage of the Project

Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

Convened at an on-line meeting on 28 May 2020, members of the Steering Committee of Project 60 assessed the main results that they achieved together in support to the nuclear security in the region of Eastern and Central Africa during the first stage of the project from the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2019. ISTC P 60 Project Manager Kamen Velichkov and ENCO P-60 Team Leader Nicolas Delaunay presented the key achievements and highlighted expected activities, events and partnerships that will constitute the core of the project’s second phase. The Project implementation is on track, the main specific objectives are successfully pursued and in many aspects already achieved, including a peak of 20 training activities in 2019, comprising integrated nuclear security train-the-trainer type courses in English and French language, table top and field exercises on cross border investigations and prevention of illicit trafficking. Participation of the African partner countries was spread on an equitable basis. In terms of gender balance of the alumni of the education, women constitute about one fifth of the trainees. The increase of the overall knowledge and skills by participants amounted to approximately 20 per cent, from 40.7 per cent at entry to 61,4…
Updated Factsheet of Project 60 summarises its Main Objectives, Activities and Results

Thursday May 28th, 2020

Conceived jointly by representatives of Eastern and Central African countries and European partners, and kicked off in 2017, Project 60 is entering a new phase that seeks to further enhance the nuclear security policies and practices in its 11 project countries. It is planning to further expand the knowledge and skills acquired by nearly 320 African experts in nucleal forensic, illicit trafficking, radiological crime scene management, uranium ore transportation. The aim is to build joint inspection teams that could be deployed between neighbouring countries, thus strengthening the regional nuclear security - a goal of the EU CBRN Center of Excellence of Eastern and Central Africa. To consult or download the Project 60 factsheet, follow the link: mnUpdate of Project 60 Fact Sheet May 2020 (1)
A New Issue of Project 60 Newsletter: Spreading Nuclear Security Culture across Africa

Monday May 25th, 2020

The new issue of Project 60 Newsletter reveals how through advocacy, training and tailored consultations, project countries and their partners help spread a modern nuclear security culture across Eastern and Cenral Africa. The new issue of P 60 Newsletter covers events and activities that took place during the period October 2018 – October 2019. No other public occasion illustrated better “the useful EU – Africa cooperation in nuclear security”, than the Project 60’s side event to the 63rd General Conference of the IAEA entitled “EU Contribution to International Security Regime – Advances in Nuclear Security in CoE Region East and Central Africa (ECA)” that took place in September 2019 in Vienna. Partner countries from the ECA regions stressed the achievements of Project 60 through case studies of the improvements in nuclear security. The contributions of DRC, Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia and Kenya were noted with high interest. By presenting the achievements of P 60 from the perspective of the end users in partner countries, the participants comprehended how the novel approach to the project’s implementation, where sustainability is the highest priority, is leading to tangible and lasting results in this important area. In March and April 2019, forty three national experts…
Burundi Officials, P 60 Team Leader discuss the Extension of the Project and the Draft Nuclear Law

Friday February 14th, 2020

During a two-day mission to Burundi, lasting from 12 to 14 February 2020, the Project 60 Team Leader Nicolas Delaunay met officials and experts from the host country to discuss important topics related to the extension of the Project as well as to the setup of the national nuclear and RN legislative framework. The EU Project 60, implemented by ISTC and a Consortium led by ENCO Consultancy, provides support to the EU CBRN Center of Excellence in East and Central Africa in nuclear security matters. A considerable part of the discussions in Bujumbura focused on the recommendations of the P60 implementing Consortium to improve the draft Nuclear Law of Burundi. The gap analysis developed by the P60 Consortium is a useful tool in this regard. When applied to the draft law, it detects that many important topics are well covered by the current version. However, special attention was needed to clarify some more complicated topics and to explain why the Consortium, after due assessment, recommends to modify some existing articles and to add new ones. The host country representatives recognized that the proposals for modification and introduction of new chapters and articles were very pertinent. A considerable part of the…
Brief summary of the Table-Top and Field Exercises – 26 to 30 August 2019 in Kenya

Friday December 13th, 2019

The week of Table-Top exercises (TTX) and Field exercises (FX) was organised in Nairobi, Kenya from 26 to 30 August 2019. Nine national experts (including two females) from different agencies from Burundi, DRC and Seychelles participated in the exercises that were organised at the Kenyan Radiation Protection Board (RPB) radioactive storage facility in Nairobi. As agreed with the participants beforehand, the exercises were provided in the French language. Three instructors from the Consortium (ENCO, SCK-CEN and STUK) were also present to conduct these exercises. For each FX/TTX, an information note (containing the exercise objectives, a short description of the scenario and required infrastructure and equipment) was prepared. Furthermore, the exercises’ agreements and agendas were provided to all participants one week before the event. For the TTXs, a document called “Guide for players” containing the exercise objectives and the scenario including the injects was prepared. In addition, at the beginning of each exercise, a briefing was made by the instructors, discussing the objectives, the details of the scenario and practical agreements. After each exercise, the instructors lead a debriefing with the participants, to provide recommendations for improvement. In general, there was a good cooperation between group members, leading to constructive discussions…
ISTC welcomes the news that the Low Enriched Uranium bank in Kazakhstan gets its first batch of material for storage

Friday October 18th, 2019

On 18 October 2019 Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry published an official announcement that the first batch of low enriched uranium was delivered to the Low Enriched Uranium Bank (LEU) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Ust-Kamenogorsk, East Kazakhstan region. The LEU bank will store 90 metric tonnes of uranium hexafluoride suitable for production of fuel for a conventional light-water reactor at nuclear power plants. The suppliers for the IAEA LEU Bank are Kazakhstan's National Atomic Company Kazatomprom JSC and France's Orano Cycle. Reportedly, the LEU reserve is not a radioactive waste poses no threat to the local population and the environment and serves as backup material for the IAEA member states that face shortage of traditional fuel supplies for political reasons. The agreement on the establishment of the IAEA LEU Bank was signed by Kazakhstan's leadership and the IAEA in August 2015 in Nur-Sultan, while the Bank was declared operational two years later. Several ISTC State Parties – the US, the European Union and Norway – are among the major donors for this important international project that constitutes a concerted multilateral initiative in the field of non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy. On its part ISTC Secretariat maintains…
ISTC supports the Second African Youth Nuclear Summit

Tuesday October 8th, 2019

Pretoria, 8 October 2019. ISTC, together with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE), the World Nuclear University (WNU), the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) and other international and regional organizations delivered a strong message of encouragement to the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) as this continent-wide network of young professionals convened its Second African Youth Nuclear Summit in Pretoria, from 8 through 11 October. AYGN gathered over 100 participants from the fields of nuclear science, research, education and industry and invited managers and CEOs from public and private nuclear bodies and institutions to discuss a wide range of issues related to the peaceful and innovative use of nuclear power, technologies and products. Speaking on behalf of ISTC, Kamen Velichkov, Senior Programme Manager and Diplomatic Advisor, reminded the participants that ISTC has assisted AYGN since its establishment in Kenya in 2017; it has helped with the organization of the integrated workshop on nuclear communication and advocacy in Nairobi in 2017, supported the launch of Zambia’s national chapter of the AYGN during the international conference in Lusaka in September 2018; ISTC has also supported various commitments and participation of AYGN members in expert meetings…