ISTC and the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa partner to Support Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards

Wednesday November 8th, 2017

Astana, Pretoria, 25 September 2017. ISTC and the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) have jointly convened on 7 and 8 September in Pretoria the inaugural meeting of the project “Support to Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards” (project MC 5.01/15B), funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation. Mr. Eddie Maier, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), Dr. Bismark Tyobeka, Chief Executive Officer, NNR, and Ms. Elsie Monale, Chief Director, Nuclear Non - Proliferation and Radiation Security at the Ministry of Energy of South Africa made opening remarks, setting the scene for the presentation of project MC 5.01/15B and putting the discussion in context. Dr Kamen Velichkov, ISTC Senior Programme Manager and Diplomatic Advisor provided updates on the Inception phase of the project and suggested its Key Performance indicators, Communication and Work Plan, and Implementation Schedule. Twenty-three government officials and experts from Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and the RSA together with representatives of the European Union and the implementing partner - the ISTC, took part in the discussion. The transportation of Uranium Ore Concentrates (UOC) crosses several countries in the Southern part of…
Dr. Kodzo Alabo, Ambassador of Kenya to the Russian Federation and to Kazakhstan visited the ISTC office

Friday September 1st, 2017

On 1 September 2017, by invitation of ISTC, a delegation from Ghana visited the organization’s Main Building at Nazarbayev University, comprising of Dr. Kodzo Alabo, Ambassador to the Russian Federation and to Kazakhstan; Theo Asante-Darko, General manager, Electricity Company of Ghana, and Mr. Alfred Antwiannor, Export Trade Division, ministry of Trade and Industry. During the exchange of views, it transpired that Project – 60 could be very useful for Ghana in view of the government intentions towards the use of nuclear power for electricity generation. The Ministry of Trade and Industry expressed also an interest towards the Export Control on Dual-use Materials and technology – a new EU-funded project to be implemented by ISTC. The possibility for Ghana to apply for an observer status to ISTC also came under scrutiny. Both sides expressed satisfaction over the cooperation within Project – 60 and assessed the prospects for cooperation of Ghana with ISTC as promising.    
Project 60 is advancing to the next stage of activities in Eastern and Central Africa

Saturday June 17th, 2017

Astana, 17 June 2017. The Steering Committee of Project 60 “Support to the EU CBRN Center of Excellence of East and Central Africa in Nuclear Security” approved a package of provisions and plans for the advancement of the project to its substantial phase. It will include trainings, field exercises and sharing of expertise – all fine-tuned to improve the institutional set-ups, legal regulations and human capabilities that address radiological and nuclear incidents and accidents in the 12 participating countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, The Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia. The SC members discussed as well how a range of questions about the nuclear security context in their countries could be adressed through coallaboration during the implementation of the project. Take-back arrangements for nuclear material and sources to the country of origin, lack of nuclear waste management facilities, and efficient public awareness efforts were the subjects that topped the discussion. Within these concerns, the project’s Communication and Visibility plan was vividly discussed together with the preparation of the project’s website. Project 60 Steering Committee was convened by the project’s implementing partner - the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Astana on 12 June…
Еxperts in radiological and nuclear issues from three continents gather for the closing session of the SUNKAR international exercise

Wednesday June 14th, 2017

14 June 2017, Astana. Gumilyov Eurasian National University offered its premises and active support to organizers, participants and guests of the Regional Radiological Emergency Response Tabletop Exercise “SUNKAR” that took place in Astana on 13 and 14 June, convened by the European Commission and the International Science and Technology Center with support from the European Union Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Center of Excellence (CoE) for Central Asia, the Vienna-based engineering and management consultancy ENCO and the Kazakhstan’s Institute of Nuclear Physics. Baubek Somzhrek, ENU’s Vice-Rector for International Relations and Innovation and  Gulnara Merzadinova, ENU’s Vice-Rector for research, welcomed at the University’s museum of cultural and historical heritage guests from the European Commission, representatives of the US and Japanese embassies, members of the Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center, participants and observers in the regional radiological emergency response exercise from more than 20 countries across Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South East Europe. They all gathered at ENU for the closing session of the exercise that represented a simulation of the decision making process on the selection and implementation of emergency protection and recovery measures upon a stealing of a sealed high activity source.…
Experts from twelve African countries discuss joint project on nuclear security, take part in radiological emergency response exercise and mark the ISTC Special Day at EXPO 2017 in Astana

Monday June 12th, 2017

12 June 2017, Astana. National radiological and nuclear (RN) experts from 12 African countries will meet in Astana this week to discuss progress in the implementation of their joint project Support to the EU CBRN Center of Excellence for Central and Eastern Africa in Nuclear Security (Project 60). Representing the Steering Committee of the project, the experts will share observations on the P 60 initial activities, including the submission of Letters of expression of interest from their national authorities. The Steering Committee members will also deliberate timing and preference to host training courses, table top and field exercises, the schedule of expert visits and the need of public advocacy and awareness raising events in the P 60 participating countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, The Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia. The national stakeholders’ interaction and their experiences with the elaboration of National Radiological and Nuclear Response Plans is also part of the meeting’s agenda. Project 60 Steering Committee is convened by the project’s implementing partner - the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Astana. Representatives of the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the European Commission Joint Research Centre…
Project 60 presented at the Europe Projects Fair in Astana

Thursday June 1st, 2017

1 June 2017, Astana. On 31 May 2017 in the framework of the Europe Day celebration, a European Union Projects Fair and a European classical music concert were held in Astana. The annual event aimed to promote European values and to present the numerous projects and initiatives that are implemented in Kazakhstan with funding from the European Union. Project 60 Support to the EU CBRN Center of Excellence for Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security took part in the Projects Fair, as one of the EU-funded projects implemented by the International Science and Technology Center. The Project 60 team welcomed at the ISTC stand colleagues, guests and friends who were curious to learn more about the activities, managed from Astana and taking place in Africa. Leaflets, posters and banners of the project were displayed together with briefs about the upcoming Regional Radiological Emergency Response Exercise “SUNKAR”. The presentation of Project 60 at the Europe Projects Fair took place less than two weeks prior to the meeting of the Steering Committee of the multi-country initiative on nuclear security. Ambassador Traian Hristea, Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, visited the ISTC stand. “This is a significant month”, said Ambassador Hristea,…
Happy days for the CBRN ECA COE P-60 participating countries in Brussels

Thursday May 18th, 2017

18 May 2017, Brussels.  The P-60 participating states had a lot to rejoice during the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative Fifth International Meeting of the National Focal Points. All of the representatives of the P-60 countries from Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) region gathered from 16 through 18 May 2017, in hotel Metropole in Brussels, except for Namibia, a specific P-60 member that for the moment does not belong to any of the three Africa based EU CBRN Centres of Excellence. The P-60 countries National Focal Points discussed a plethora of topics with their colleagues from the rest of the eight Regional Secretariats, DEVCO and EEAS officials, UNICRI and international organizations, On-Site Assistance experts, project implementing agencies, including the International Science and Technology Centre. At the final wrap up session of the gathering, Mr Joseph Maina, an established nuclear expert from the Kenyan Radiation Protection Board who heads the ECA Regional Secretariat, had to put in a concise report a lot of themes and conclusions. During their Ninth National Focal Points Round-Table Meeting that took place in the course of the Brussels event, NFPs agreed that a united approach is needed to successfully face the global threats,…
ISTC connects the “Nuclear Youth” of Kazakhstan to the African and Global Young Generation in Nuclear

Wednesday April 5th, 2017

5 April 2017, Astana. A congratulatory letter on behalf of the Youth Department of the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan was delivered by ISTC’s Senior Programme Manager and Diplomatic Advisor Kamen Velichkov to the participants in the Inaugural African Youth Nuclear Summit, held last week in Nairobi. The letter was read to over 200 young and senior professionals in nuclear from 20 + countries who gathered for the four-day event in the capital of Kenya. The Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear (KYGN) hosted the Summit thanks to the generous backing of the EU’s funded Project 60, managed by the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC). KYGN organized the Summit in conjunction with the South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) both being affiliate bodies to the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) – a global network of professionals in the nuclear industry. ISTC, which maintains fruitful contacts with the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan and its youth section, initiated the first formal contact between the Kazakhstani nuclear youth and the African young professionals in nuclear. “The theme and aims of the summit are all alarming issues. It is essential to pass the knowledge from the present day leading scientists to the future generations… We…
Project 60 supports the launch of the African Youth Generation in Nuclear, a new professional international network

Sunday April 2nd, 2017

2 April 2017, Nairobi. The Inaugural African Youth Nuclear Summit 2017 took place last week in Nairobi, where Project 60 was presented to an international audience of young and senior nuclear professionals from the academia, research and development, radiation services providers, healthcare, nuclear operators, and nuclear regulators among others. Kamen Velichkov, ISTC Senior Programme Manager and Diplomatic Advisor, took part in the event, together with representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Nuclear Association (WNA), the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), the EU CBRN Center of Excellence for Eastern and Central Africa, the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC), and many other participants from national and regional professional  organizations from Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, USA, China, and Eastern Africa. Just a month after its official launch with national stakeholders from its 12 participating countries, Project 60 stepped into an international stage where top-notch experts from across the “Nuclear Globe” discussed various aspects of the nuclear science, technology and industry; nuclear politics, economics, communication and social aspects and the involvement of young professionals in demystifying nuclear science and technology in Africa. With its focus on strengthening the nuclear security in the region of East…
Pledging to Share and Collaborate: Eleven African Countries and their Supporting Partners Kicked off a new Project to Increase Regional Nuclear Safety and Security

Friday February 24th, 2017

24 February 2017, Nairobi. The Inception meeting of a new project that will boost nuclear safety and security in the region of Eastern and Central Africa, offered ample opportunities to the representatives of national regulatory bodies, scientific and research institutes from eleven African countries and to their partners from European institutions and supporting organizations, to chart a road map for their joint endeavour. As a convener of the meeting in Nairobi at the end of February, the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) – the project’s implementing partner – presented the guiding principles, working schedule, main activities and expected results of the initiative, titled Support to the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Center of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) for Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security. The experts on radiological and nuclear (RN) issues from the participating countries shared information about existing legal frameworks, institutional mechanisms and national policies on nuclear safety and security; they approved an initial outline for specialized trainings and field exercises that will increase their capabilities to better respond to RN risks; and agreed that the project’s envisaged activities can help them better address the challenges of managing RN sources in all industrial and…