The Practical Agreements between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) were signed on the sidelines of the 65th session of the IAEA General Conference.
On behalf of the IAEA, the Agreement was signed by Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Mr Massimo Aparo and on behalf of the Rosatom Technical Academy by Rector Mr Yuri Seleznev.
Mr Aparo stressed: “The Rosatom Technical Academy already provides assistance to the three IAEA Departments, namely the Department of Nuclear Energy, the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, and the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. So, the agreement with the Department of Safeguards is a missing point. I am sure that we will find many areas for bilateral cooperation.”
Mr Artisyuk, the Adviser to ROSATOM Director General, highlighted in his opening remarks the importance to maintain a balance between mastering the global nuclear development and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime, including the IAEA safeguards system. “Today’s ceremony symbolically illustrates the approach to this balance at the level of one particular organization. In support of the IAEA Member States to embark on nuclear power programmes, 10 years ago at the 55-th Session of the IAEA General Conference Rosatom Tech signed its first practical arrangements with the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy focusing the infrastructure development in newcomer countries. And now we are about to sign the agreement with the Department of Safeguards that enlarging the list of topics in our international training activities to the domain of safeguards.”
In 2020, in order to support the course taken by the IAEA to develop the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in compliance with obligations under safeguards agreements, Rosatom joined the UN Global Compact that is the largest corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiative for businesses across the world. “That is also the responsibility for the Rosatom Tech,” said Mr. Seleznev. “The Global Institute of Nuclear Safety and Security, which Mr Aparo visited this year, operates in the structure of the Rosatom Tech. The unique training base of the Institute established with the support of the IAEA contributes to training personnel in all specialties in the field of ensuring nuclear security. We thank the IAEA for the opportunity to continue our ten-year cooperation and hope that it will last for many more years.”
The largest Russian energy company and operator of Russian nuclear power plants JSC Concern Rosenergoatom, which is the founder and partner of the Rosatom Tech, actively participates in the training of foreign personnel. According to Mr Gasten, the HR and Social Policy Director of Rosenergoatom JSC, the organization is ready to provide an opportunity for practical training of foreign specialists who will be trained at the Rosatom Tech within the framework of the IAEA cooperation programme.