Tuesday, 31 Jan 2023
Oman seeks IAEA help to strengthen its nuclear security practices

Oman seeks IAEA assist to strengthen its nuclear safety practices

Under a cooperation facilitated by IAEA, the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board lately hosted a technical go to for Omani and Lebanese atomic power authorities. Malaysian professionals exchanged info with their colleagues from the two nations and shared very best practices and lessons discovered in the improvement of a regulatory physique accountable for nuclear safety.

The go to helped Oman and Lebanon think about actions involved in setting up an NSSC, which serves as a domestic hub for coaching, and technical and scientific assistance.

NSSCs also foster nuclear safety culture and improve coordination amongst different national authorities. “We help countries improve capacity to sustain effective national nuclear security regimes, including through NSSCs and various other measures,” IAEA stated in a press statement.

“In Malaysia, the regulatory frameworks for nuclear safety and security are well-coordinated with one another, resulting in a harmonised system that has proven effective,” stated Muzna Assi, a technical advisor at the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission.

Over years of cooperation with IAEA, several nations have identified the require to take integrated approaches to regulatory improvement in order to develop capacity whilst also optimising efficiency. This has been specifically correct for creating nations that could not currently have infrastructure

or knowledge established. “The safety-security interface could be one of the best options during the regulatory work in our country,” stated Muzna. “Many representatives from developing countries are interested in this approach.”

The Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP) is a tailored strategy to preparing for nuclear safety improvements that member states can function with IAEA to create. This strategy, which harmonises all elements of preparing and operation of domestic nuclear safety infrastructure, aids decrease redundancy and increases efficiency all through the complete method.

The assistance from Malaysia was a response to Lebanon and Oman’s request to IAEA for help with additional implementation of their INSSPs.

Such assistance from a single creating nation to an additional is usually referred to as south-south cooperation, a framework of collaboration in the political, financial, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. “The INSSP framework has assisted us in getting all the stakeholders involved in nuclear security in the country together,” Muzna stated.

“It has also helped us organise the work and made it easier for IAEA to provide the assistance we need.”

James Conner, an IAEA nuclear safety officer stated, “It’s a good example of a country that has gone through the experience of having to develop nuclear security infrastructure and now is in a more mature place, voluntarily working with us to share that experience and contributing to nuclear security worldwide.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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