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Rwanda: Cabinet Approves New Draft Presidential Orders On Nuclear Industry

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The cabinet on Wednesday, November 11, approved three presidential orders on accession of Rwanda to different international treaties relating to the nuclear industry, ushering the country into the future of the nuclear industry.

The approved presidential orders relate to nuclear accidents, fuel management and physical protection of nuclear material.

The cabinet approved Rwanda’s accession to the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, a key international treaty adopted in Vienna, Austria, following the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident.

The Convention is a 1986 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) treaty whereby states have agreed to provide notification of any nuclear accident that occurs within its jurisdiction that could affect other states.

Countries that sign to the Convention agree to alert the International Atomic Energy Agency and other states in case an accident that happens within its territory has the potential of affecting another state.

Such information to be reported includes the incident’s time, location and the suspected amount of radioactivity release.

The cabinet also approved another order relating to Rwanda’s accession to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management, the first global treaty to address radioactive waste management.

The Minister of Infrastructure Claver Gatete said last month in a press briefing that Rwanda was committing to the international rules as part of the country’s journey towards developing and promoting nuclear technology and science.