RURA and IAEA team up to strengthen regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety in Rwanda


Kigali – Rwanda, May 28, 2018 - Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority(RURA) in conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are conducting a 4-day training on radiation protection and nuclear safety to equip RURA staff and other national stakeholders with adequate knowledge and skills in terms of strengthening the establishment of regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety in Rwanda.

This meeting is a great platform for Rwanda to share experience with other East African Countries like Tanzania and Kenya, which are among the advanced countries in radioactive materials protection and nuclear safety in the region.

Ahmad Al Khatibeh, head of this IAEA advisory mission to Rwanda said that the International Atomic Energy Agency, is willing to partner with Rwanda as far as the regulatory infrastructure development is concerned.

“One of the countries we looked at when we started doing the analysis was Rwanda because we realized that you are a very serious nation and we will provide all required support to promote a strong radiation safety culture in the country.”

RURA Director General, Lt Col Patrick Nyirishema said that Rwanda is committed to ensuring the protection of people, biodiversity and environment from ionizing radiation, by assessing and managing the risks linked to the radioactive substances.

Radiation and radioactive substances have many beneficial applications; ranging from power generation to uses in medicine, industry, in mining and milling, in research applications and agriculture. It is also applied to improve the daily lives of individuals worldwide.

The Law N°59/2017 OF 24/1/2018 Governing Radiation Protection in Rwanda, gives RURA the mandate to regulate radiation materials including nuclear energy. It clearly indicates that the regulatory functions for radiation protection are performed by the Regulatory Authority in an independent, impartial and transparent manner.

The four-day training that started this Monday,28 May 2018 will conclude on Thursday, May 31, 2018.