RURA hosts national workshop on nuclear security measures for major public events

23 August 2021: Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) together with experts from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are conducting a weeklong national workshop with participants from law enforcement and technical support organisations on how to plan, prepare and implement nuclear security measures for major public events.

The workshop objectives include the deeper understanding of the importance of establishing nuclear security systems and measures for major public events, and increase of the awareness of concepts for prevention and detection of response to criminal acts involving radioactive material in a major public event; as well as the enhanced awareness of national and international coordination and cooperation for a major public event.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop, RURA Director General Dr_Enest NSABIMANA commended IAEA’s support which is aimed at strengthening the effective nuclear security regime in Rwanda, especially during major public events.

“Rwanda is committed to being the regional hub for hosting international conferences and meetings, and we have recorded a success. In this vein, we are working with different international partners like IAEA to build and strengthen capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to radiological and nuclear threats”. Pointed out DG Dr.NSABIMANA

Dr.NSABIMANA added: “Adequate cooperation should be enhanced to ensure nuclear smugglers and their networks are uncovered, apprehended, and held accountable”.

He appreciated IAEA for its role in facilitating regional and international cooperation between member states to ensure radiation protection and nuclear security and safety.

He also indicated that Rwanda recognizes and fully supports the IAEA central role in enhancing and strengthening nuclear security.

Here you can see pictures for the workshop