Sofia, 20 April 2021.
The first two rounds of training in using the Information Tracking System (ITS) with participants from DR Congo and Zimbabwe have been successfully conducted as part of the 2021-activities under Project MC 5.01 15B, Support to Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards.
Fifteen people from the National Committee for Protection against Ionizing Radiation (CNPRI) from DR Congo were the first to take part in the 5-day virtual training event from April 5th to April 9th, which included theoretical and practical work on all the modules of the platform.
The course has started with a welcoming speech from the Director-General Prof Florimond Nyamoga Kabanda. After all subjects from the training agenda were covered, a real-time demonstration took place, including a vehicle with trackers on board going on a predefined route in Kinshasa’s outskirts, simulating an actual shipment. The participants were very proactive and skilful with the system, completed the online exam successfully, and were awarded Certificates of Completion of the course. CNPRI has provided excellent coordination and setting for the training, which was conducted online by the experienced staff of Software Company Ltd and supported by two interpreters in French.
The second round of training lasted from 12th to April 16th and included ten experts from The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe. The course followed the same methodology in theory-practice and concluded with a live demonstration with a vehicle on the 5th day of the training. A route was predefined around Harare for the test drive with three stop points with accurate geographical coordinates. The trainees followed the vehicle in real-time and mimicked an actual shipment along the 50-km long route.
Moving forward with the development of the Information Tracking System, the subsequent regular training courses for national experts from Madagascar and Mozambique will be conducted in May. The trainings complement the ISTC-led webinars on Stakeholders’ engagement and advocacy for nuclear safety and security across the Southern African countries that participate and partner under Project MC 5.01 15B.