08:00 – 17:00

Monday to Friday

Mandume Park Building,

Cnr. Dr.W.Kulz & Teinert Street, Windhoek, Namibia

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The Atomic Energy Board of Namibia
22nd September 2017

08:00 – 17:00

Monday to Friday

Mandume Park Building,

Cnr. Dr.W.Kulz & Teinert Street, Windhoek, Namibia

+264 61 203 2417

Chairperson’s Report

AEBlogoSTATEMENT BY
Dr W Swiegers
Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Board

The Inauguration of the 2nd Term of Office of the Atomic Energy Board and Launching of the Atomic Energy and Radiation Protection Act

The Atomic Energy Board (AEB) was appointed three years ago to advice the Government of the Republic Namibia on the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and on regulatory aspects relating to these applications. Please allow me to briefly reflect on the progress that the AEB has encountered during the past three years.

We, the Board, worked as a team, complimenting each other’s skills and developed an outstanding synergistic working relationship with the National Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), the official regulatory body. The Board worked hand in hand with the NRPA to ensure that the radiation or nuclearbased industry in Namibia operates safely and that the benefits of nuclear energy are exploited to the benefit of all Namibians.

The AEB honoured its commitment to make radiation safety, non-proliferation and transparency its highest priority. As a member state of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Namibia continues to support the nuclear nonproliferation regime and promote peaceful uses of nuclear energy. During the AEB’s term of office, Namibia, through the able leadership of the honourable Minister Richard Kamwi, ratified the two international legal instruments that promote the enhancement of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. These include the Additional Protocol to the Safeguard Agreements for the effective application of the NPT Regime; and the Treaty of Pelindaba. This is a major achievement in such a short time.

The most rewarding achievement for the Board was the full implementation of the Atomic Energy and Radiation Protection Act. Our specific role was to formulate and recommend regulations to the Minister to enable the commencement of the Act. This involved wide consultation locally and internationally, specifically with the IAEA. This milestone was achieved in January 2012 when this Act came into operation.

I am confident that the current version of the regulations is indeed compatible with international standards. The NRPA must now ensure that the regulatory activities such as notification, registration, licensing, inspection and enforcement are implemented by applying best practices and international recommended standards.

Over the past three years the Board established synergetic ties with other governmental institutions, both locally and internationally, to advance the contribution of nuclear science and technology in agriculture, human health, industry, energy, environmental protection and other sectors. Namibia participated in the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation (TC) programme. During the 2009/11 TC Cycle, Namibia implemented five national projects covering radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, crop production, water resources management and nuclear regulatory infrastructure. Namibia also participated in twenty-four regional projects covering a wide spectrum of applications of nuclear energy.

Nuclear Energy applications have the potential to make meaningful contributions to the achievement of a number of priority areas identified in Vision 2030 and the National Developmental Plans. The Board fully supports the Namibian Government in its deliberate national drive to harness and exploit the peaceful and beneficial uses of nuclear energy. In this regard the AEB wishes to commend the Ministry of Mines and Energy for spearheading the formulation of a National Nuclear Fuel Cycle policy. The Board played a complementary role in formulating this policy and is ready to continue to advise and serve when called upon.

On behalf of the Board I wish to express our sincere appreciation for the trust and support we have received from the honourable Minister, the PS and the entire Ministry of Health and Social Services. The Board would not have been able to achieve any level of success without the guidance of the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The able assistance of the NRPA was outstanding. We are deeply indebted to them.

I would like to thank the members of the AEB for their high level of engagement during the past three years as well as ensuring that our top priorities have been appropriately addressed. It is indeed an honour to work with the Board members.

Sincerely,

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Wotan Swiegers

The AEB honoured its commitment to make radiation safety, non-proliferation and transparency its highest priority. As a member state of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Namibia continues to support the nuclear nonproliferation regime and promote peaceful uses of nuclear energy. During the AEB’s term of office, Namibia, through the able leadership of the honourable Minister Richard Kamwi, ratified the two international legal instruments that promote the enhancement of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. These include the Additional Protocol to the Safeguard Agreements for the effective application of the NPT Regime; and the Treaty of Pelindaba. This is a major achievement in such a short time.

The most rewarding achievement for the Board was the full implementation of the Atomic Energy and Radiation Protection Act. Our specific role was to formulate and recommend regulations to the Minister to enable the commencement of the Act. This involved wide consultation locally and internationally, specifically with the IAEA. This milestone was achieved in January 2012 when this Act came into operation.

I am confident that the current version of the regulations is indeed compatible with international standards. The NRPA must now ensure that the regulatory activities such as notification, registration, licensing, inspection and enforcement are implemented by applying best practices and international recommended standards.

Over the past three years the Board established synergetic ties with other governmental institutions, both locally and internationally, to advance the contribution of nuclear science and technology in agriculture, human health, industry, energy, environmental protection and other sectors. Namibia participated in the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation (TC) programme. During the 2009/11 TC Cycle, Namibia implemented five national projects covering radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, crop production, water resources management and nuclear regulatory infrastructure. Namibia also participated in twenty-four regional projects covering a wide spectrum of applications of nuclear energy.

Nuclear Energy applications have the potential to make meaningful contributions to the achievement of a number of priority areas identified in Vision 2030 and the National Developmental Plans. The Board fully supports the Namibian Government in its deliberate national drive to harness and exploit the peaceful and beneficial uses of nuclear energy. In this regard the AEB wishes to commend the Ministry of Mines and Energy for spearheading the formulation of a National Nuclear Fuel Cycle policy. The Board played a complementary role in formulating this policy and is ready to continue to advise and serve when called upon.

On behalf of the Board I wish to express our sincere appreciation for the trust and support we have received from the honourable Minister, the PS and the entire Ministry of Health and Social Services. The Board would not have been able to achieve any level of success without the guidance of the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The able assistance of the NRPA was outstanding. We are deeply indebted to them.

I would like to thank the members of the AEB for their high level of engagement during the past three years as well as ensuring that our top priorities have beenworld appropriately addressed. It is indeed an honour to work with the Board members.

Sincerely,

wotan-swiegers-signature

Wotan Swiegers

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