RURA, IAEA Host the 33rd AFRA Technical Working Group Meeting

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) together with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) host the 33rd Technical Working Group Meeting of the African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA), bringing together delegates from across Africa.

This meeting taking place in Kigali from 18th to 22nd July 2022, is intended to discuss the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology as far as the socio-economic development of Africa is concerned.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Dr. Ernest NSABIMANA, Minister for the Ministry of Infrastructure highlighted the role of AFRA in promoting nuclear science and technology in Africa.

''This is an exciting moment for policy makers, and all experts from different segments to make use of nuclear technology in socioeconomic development of our countries.'' Said Dr. NSABIMANA

He added: ''Let me take this opportunity to recognize and appreciate the role of development partners and donors through IAEA for supporting various initiatives in the framework of technical cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear and radiation technology. I strongly believe that together with our collective expertise and capabilities, we can achieve better and more tangible results for a sustainable safe and secure development using radiation in medicine, industry, agriculture, mining, environment and research''

Minister Dr NSABIMANA Ernest concluded his remarks by saying: '’The Government of Rwanda is convinced that the investment in this new area of nuclear science and technology will transform lives of the population across Africa in the near future.''

AFRA is an intergovernmental platform established by African Member States to further strengthen and expand the contribution of nuclear science and technology to socio-economic development on the African continent. Its scope of activities covers a wide range of peaceful applications of nuclear techniques that contribute towards the achievement of national and regional development goals.