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The Middle East Club Conference on “Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges”

The Middle East Club Conference on “Nuclear Power in the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges”

The conference was held on Monday, 11 December, 2017, in the grounds of the Faculty of World Economics and Politics of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). The conference was of high relevance in relation to the official visit of the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Egypt within which the agreement on the construction of El Dabaa NPP was signed. According to the head of the HSE Middle East Club, Mr. M. Sadygzade, countries of the region are interested in the development of nuclear power. This statement can be confirmed by the fact that the countries are committed to the implementation of the model of sustainable development and by the official development strategies “Vision 2030” in Saudi Arabia and “Clean Energy 2050” in the UAE. Mr M. Sadygzade considers that comfortable conditions are provided for improving two-way communication between Moscow and the countries of the Middle East region.

The ROSATOM activities in the region can be regarded as a platform to transfer “Russian values” and used as a “soft power” for development of both economic and political relations between the countries for mutual benefit. At the conference Prof. Vladimir Artisiuk, Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) , made a review report about the training system for newcomer countries.

It is worth noting that representatives from 17 countries took part in the conference: Iraq, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Kazakhstan etc., that allows to estimate this meeting as an international one. Dr. Usama El Serui, counselor of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Russian Federation, emphasized long-term partnership between Russia and Egypt and encouraged further strengthening of relations not only within the framework of nuclear power cooperation but also in other spheres.

Among the participants of the conference there were students from National Research University HSE, Moscow State Institute of International Relations- MGIMO, Moscow State University, Chelyabinsk State University and Voronezh State University and this was one of the main stimulating factors for Rosatom Tech to participate in the conference. Cooperation with Russian and international universities is considered in Rosatom Tech as a priority for shaping the partnership between nuclear industrial sector and educational institutions to develop new generation of highly skilled professionals capable of transferring nuclear knowledge and competences in the countries embarking on nuclear power programmes.