Convened by ISTC, the SADC Nuclear Regulators’ Network meets in Malawi to discuss Nuclear Safety and Safeguards
The third meeting of SADC’s nuclear regulators’ network kicked off in Malawi with representatives of national regulatory institutions and respective line ministries from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Comoros hosted by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (AERA) of Malawi. The meeting is convened jointly with the Sixth Steering Committee of project MC5.01/15B “Support to Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards”. Mr. Oliver Kumbambe, Chief Director, Environment and Climate Change Management, Ministry for Natural Resources, Energy and Mining and Ms. Catherine Zamalile, Assistant Director, Political Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation greeted the forty participants and underlined that the government of Malawi considers the engagement with the project as extremely beneficial, because it helps the country prepare its legal framework and align its policies with the international standards in nuclear safety and safeguards. They both emphasized the significance of regional cooperation among Southern African countries-members of SADC and encouraged further joint activities within and beyond the scope of the project. Kamen Velichkov, ISTC’ SPM and DA, thanked the public institutions and experts in Malawi for their commitment to actively participate in the implementation of the project and praised the team of the AERA led by the acting director Ms. Victoria Kachimera. As a Uranium mining and exporting country, Malawi is doing its part in the joint efforts to engage various stakeholders in “demystifying the nuclear”.