ENCO conducts a three-day training on nuclear security inspections for Project 60 African partners

Monday November 15th, 2021

From 15 through 17 November 2021 ENCO conducts training for personnel of the nuclear regulator of the African countries, participating in the EU-funded ISTC managed Project 60, providing assistance in nuclear security matters. The three-day remote workshop is designed to introduce to the future African inspectors two of the major deliveries from Project 60, namely the Inspection Manual and Inspection Handbook for regulatory security assessments. The two publications were circulated in advance and African experts had the opportunity to discuss their content and recommendations at Q&A sessions, organized on 15th October and on 1st November 2021, via Webex. These preparatory meetings reflected the initial reactions by the targeted audience. For instance, Solomon Getachew, the Head of the Ethiopian regulator, stated the manual and the handbook are very well elaborated and the trainees will be well prepared to gain maximum knowledge and skills from the training course. On the basis of the feedback questions the ENCO P 60 Expert Team comprising Maja Boskovic, Vladimir Rukhlo, Igor Svyetlov and Sorin Repanovici, fine-tuned the well-structured and balances training program. On the opening the participants will be introduced to the international recommendations on legal and regulatory framework for security of radioactive material. They will…
SAIIA Publishes an Occasional Paper Synchronising Nuclear Governance in SADC Member States Through Regional Cooperation

Monday November 1st, 2021

On 29 October the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) it published Synchronising Nuclear Governance in SADC Member States Through Regional Cooperation, authored by Kamen Velichkov, ISTC SPM and DA. The Paper is based on findings, acquired throughout the implementation of the EU-funded Project MC 5.01 15B Support to the Southern African states in Nuclear Safety and safeguards. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent public policy think tank advancing a well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa. The institute is organised under research programmes spanning economic diplomacy; governance and foreign policy; as well as natural resource governance in Africa. Some Projects, such as Atoms for Development, funded by the ISTC State Party Norway, aim to strengthen African nuclear governance to support the peaceful application of nuclear technology for Africa’s development. Amongst other publications SAIIA issues Occasional Papers as pieces of analytical work exploring particular issues. The focus of these papers is not overtly policy-related, although policymakers may find the detail useful. The SADC occasional paper may be found at: https://saiia.org.za/research/synchronising-nuclear-governance-in-sadc-member-states-through-regional-cooperation/
ENCO carries out A Project 60 Regulatory Workshop for African Partners

Monday November 1st, 2021

A major activity in the implementation of Project 60, the Regulatory Workshop, took place on line (WEBEX) on 27 and 28 October 2021.The aim of the Regulatory workshop was to follow up on the review of the laws are regulation of all of the participation countries, and to examine their appropriateness for the nuclear security provision.  The Workshop aimed to help African partners understand the comprehensiveness and complexity of the nuclear security regime, and to reflect these traits in the respective laws and regulations. The ENCO Experts’ presentations provided an overview of cross-cutting issues that are of relevance to all countries. Particular attention was paid to those aspects that we identified as weak points, and need to be addressed in order to establish an effective national nuclear security regime that communicates efficiently with other parts of the State’s security system (e.g. threat assessment). On the other hand, the national security legislation needs to comply with international non-proliferation standards (e.g. accounting and control of material, etc.). ENCO Senior Legal Expert Maya Boskovic provided a summary of generic gaps identified through the review of national nuclear security legislation of the P60 Partner countries and indicated possible ways for overcoming them. An array…
ISTC Executive Director David Cleave delivers a Keynote address at the 3rd African Youth Nuclear Summit

Wednesday October 27th, 2021

On 25 October 2021 the Accra International Conference Center, one of the most popular venues in Accra, next door to the Parliament of Ghana, opened its premises to receive more than a hundred participants in the Third African Youth Nuclear Summit (AYNS2021), convened simultaneously in-person and online. The Ghanaian Young Generation in Nuclear and the African Young Generation Nuclear (AYGN), host the event dubbed: “The impact of nuclear science and technology applications on economic recovery in Africa post COVID-19 pandemic”.AYNS2021 brings together young researchers and professionals across the continent, from the academia; nuclear research institutions, nuclear service providers, prospective and current operators as well as regulators to share, exchange ideas and network on issues related to nuclear science and technology.  An array of Ghanaian high ranking officials congratulated the participants at the opening session, headed by Jake Obeng-Bediako, the Presidential Coordinator for Youth Engagement and Strategy, and coming from the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority, the Nuclear Power Institute, etc. The statement on behalf of the Minister of Energy Hon. Matthew Opok re-iterated the resolve of the government to pursue nuclear component in the country’s energy mix. Several high-level officials from international organizations delivered welcoming remarks: Ms.…
ISTC Attends as Observer the 30th Steering Committee Meeting of the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), a division of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy

Tuesday October 26th, 2021

From 18 through 21 October 2021 the 30th Steering Committee Meeting (SCM) of INPRO took place online. The Committee is the governing body that provides guidance to INPRO members on their long-term planning and collaboration on innovations in reactors, fuel cycles and institutional approaches that promote the sustainable development of nuclear energy. INPRO's membership currently consists of 43 Members – 42 IAEA Member States and the European Commission (EC). Several other countries and international organizations participate as observers in INPRO meetings. This year such observers to the SMC for the first time were ISTC and Uzbekistan. The invitation to ISTC was a sign of growing recognition of the Center’s contribution to nuclear safety in Central Asia, and in Africa. Earlier, in April 2021, ISTC also acquired observer status in another IAEA entity, the Network of Nuclear Security Supports Centers. The agenda of the Steering Committee covered INPRO’s main task areas: global scenarios, innovations, sustainability assessment and strategies, and dialogue and outreach. Using scientific-technical analysis tools, INPRO develops successfully global and regional nuclear energy scenarios to facilitate the transition to sustainable nuclear energy systems. INPRO also supports collaborative projects on innovative reactor concepts, such as the Small Modular Reactors. It encourages…
ISTC congratulates AFCONE on the convening of the 5th Conference of State Parties to the Pelindaba Treaty

Tuesday October 26th, 2021

“ISTC is proud to have the partnership of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) in its activities in Africa, based on the bilateral Memorandum of Cooperation” read the statement of ISTC Executive Director David Cleave to the participants of the 5th Conference of State Parties (CSP) the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty, that held its opening session on 21 October 2021, at the Pan African Parliament Premises in Midrand, South Africa, close to the highly symbolic site of Pelindaba. He also commended AFCONE for playing a key role in advancing the safe and secure peaceful uses of the nuclear energy and other nuclear applications in Africa and in contributing to the international disarmament and nonproliferation. Several High-Level Officials delivered welcoming remarks: the AFCONE Chairperson; the Chair of the 4th CSP; the representative of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the host country - South Africa; the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; the Director General of the IAEA; the Chairperson of the UN 1540 Committee; the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO; the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Chairpersons…
ISTC and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) launch an Essay Competition for young African experts

Tuesday October 26th, 2021

Kenya is soon to become the first African country to join ISTS. To celebrate this occasion ISTC and KEBS launched on 22 October 2021 an Essay Competition for young African experts and practitioners on the topic: ‘How international cooperation can boost research and development in my area of expertise?’ The results of the contest are to be announced during the upcoming Regional Metrology Conference, scheduled to take place from 6th through 10th December 2021, in Mombasa, Kenya. At the online launching event ISTC Executive Director David Cleave expressed satisfaction from the state and the prospects of ISTC activities in Kenya and in East Africa. ISTC has worked to help strengthen the capacity of Kenyan authorities for secure and safe peaceful use of nuclear energy and applications. One example in this regard is the EU-funded ISTC-managed Project – 60 Support to the EU CBRN Center of Excellence in East and Central Africa in Nuclear Safety. ISTC has the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) as its institutional Partner, while KEBS ponders to seek the same status. Equally important are professional organizations that ISTC has as partners in Kenya, such as the Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear (KYGN) or the…
ISTC Completes an Online Course on Radioactive Material Transport Safety for Participants from 17 African States

Friday September 24th, 2021

From 6 through 16 September ISTC held in conjunction with the AFCONE and FNRBA a two-week Training Course on the Implementation of the International Atomic Energy Agency Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material. The Course constituted a major activity in the framework of the EU Project MC 5.01 15B Support to the Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards. The objectives of the course were successfully achieved - to enrich the knowledge and understanding of the participants on the implementation of the IAEA Transport Regulations, and to provide guidance on the carrying out of transport-related inspections.   The positive results were the result of the work of the lecturers who conducted the course and who are leading experts in this field, namely: Paul Hinrichsen, expert at the RSA National Nuclear Regulator, Coordinator, FNRBA Thematic Working Group Five: Upgrading Safety in the Transport of Radioactive Material; Christel Fasten, a former official of the German Federal Radiation Protection Office; and, Zineb El Faicali, Head of Division Regulation and Authorization at the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security, FNRBA Thematic Working Group Leader. The 34 participants in the online course came from 17 African countries, SADC and…
ISTC Supports the Third African Youth Nuclear Summit

Wednesday September 15th, 2021

In line with its outreach strategy in Africa, ISTC is proud of its partnership with the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN), the diverse non-profit organization that is committed to ensuring the youth engagement and support within the nuclear industry, and able to capitalize on numerous professional opportunities for careers, networking and development. AYGN has proven itself as a reliable partner to ISTC in the implementation of the EU funded Projects MC 5.01 15B Support to the Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (www.sadcprojec.istc.int) and P-60 Support to the EU CBRN CoE in East and Central Africa in Nuclear Security (www.coe-project60.istc.int) and in the dissemination of the projects’ interim results. ISTC supported many AYGN activities, including the upcoming the 3rd African Youth Nuclear Summit (AYNS) in Accra, Ghana on 25–29 October 2021, dubbed, “The impact of nuclear science and technology applications on economic recovery in Africa post COVID-19 pandemic”. The motto for this summit is “Defining Africa’s Agenda 2063”. AYNS2021 will bring together young people and professionals across the continent, from the academia; nuclear research institutions, nuclear service providers, prospective and current operators as well as regulators to share, exchange ideas and network on issues related to nuclear…
SADC Project helps Zambia’s nuclear regulator engage stakeholders in radiation safety

Friday July 16th, 2021

On 23 and 24 June 2021 the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) of Zambia organized workshops with  relevant national stakeholders to register their opinion on draft normative documents design to improve the governance of the nuclear sector and in particular to increase the level of safety during transportation of UOC and radioactive materials The subject matter on the discussion was the national country specific report on the state of affairs, elaborated by RPA experts under the EU Project MC 5.01 15B Support to Southern African Stated in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards. Through this EU funded project, the ISTC supports capacity building activities for safe uranium mining and transport, and facilitates the exchanges with and within sub-Saharan Africa. ISTC assists the 16 member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to increase their levels of nuclear safety and security. Authors of the eight country-specific reports on uranium transport matters presented their findings at a series of ISTC monthly webinars. On 21 April 2021 during the third webinar. Ms Melody Mwewa, Manager, Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department, RPA, presented the Country Specific Report- the Legal Framework for Zambia in relation to Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards and transportation of Uranium Ore Concentrates.…