UAE’s FANR strengthens bilateral cooperation with Saudi NRRC

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Officials during the discussion.

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) of the UAE has discussed ways to strengthen cooperation with the Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Commission (NRRC) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The visit marks a crucial milestone in the bilateral cooperation initiative established after the signing of the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy agreement between the two nations in 2019.

According to the statement, “The FANR-NRRC cooperation has been steadily growing since 2021, marked by the organization of the first UAE-Saudi topical workshops covering various nuclear-related aspects such as safety, security, non-proliferation, emergency preparedness, and more. Furthermore, the Saudi NRRC actively participated in the ConvEx-3 exercise, hosted by the UAE in October 2021.”

During the visit, the NRRC presented the latest progress of its regulatory work, specifically in developing the Kingdom’s radiation protection infrastructure.

The NRRC also provided detailed briefings to FANR’s delegation on its Emergency Preparedness and Response efforts, highlighting the Kingdom’s establishment of a national emergency response organization, early warning network, and Emergency Operations Centre.

According to the statement, FANR offered updates on the UAE’s regulatory framework for radiation safety and FANR’s efforts to develop the country’s radiation protection infrastructure to ensure the protection of the public, workers, and the environment in the UAE.

Furthermore, FANR showcased efforts to develop capacity in radiation protection, including the establishment of qualification systems and training programs, in order to maintain high levels of nuclear and radiation safety knowledge in the UAE.

“The UAE and Saudi Arabia’s commitment to collaborating on nuclear energy regulation serves as an example of transparent nuclear development, ensuring the safe and secure utilization of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes, and demonstrates FANR’s commitment to strengthening its international cooperation,” as per the statement.

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