The intergovernmental organization, International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), connecting scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia with their peers and research organizations in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) and Contract Agreement with the nonprofit international organization, African Center for Science and International Security (AFRICSIS), having operational partnerships with the governments of Ghana and Cameroon, to foster collaborative activities on scientific research in the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) field.
The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed on 29 June 2018. It was developed through a comprehensive consultation process between the two organizations during May. It is an expression of a common interest in joint activities. It sets forth provisions, which serve as a foundation for specific agreements to formalise the deepening relationship between ISTC and AFRICSIS.
The Memorandum aims to develop and strengthen cooperation in the fields of national legal framework, national policy, and institutional mechanisms regarding CBRN safety, safeguards, and security. One short-term goal of the Memorandum is for ISTC and AFRICSIS to partner in the implementation of Project MC5.01/B15 Support to the Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards. Funded under the EU Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) and implemented by ISTC, this three-year long project (2016-2019) involves four countries - Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia.
The Project aims to strengthen and harmonize the nuclear regulatory frameworks in the participating countries for sustainable uranium mining, milling, processing and associated transport in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. The Project also seeks to enhance the nuclear safety and security policies of the participating countries and support their efforts to fulfill their international safeguards obligations. Furthermore, it strives to support a regional approach by strengthening the capacity of SADC to serve its member states, including through the development of a regionally harmonized system of accountancy and control of the transportation of Uranium ore designed to improve interaction among originating, transit and destination countries. To achieve those objectives, the Project has five Work Packages (WP).
Against the background of the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in June, the ISTC and AFRICSIS signed a Contract Agreement on 26 July 2018. The Contract focuses on the implementation of Work Package 3 (WP3). The WP3 consists of an in-depth, detailed analysis of the states of affairs on nuclear safety and security in general and nuclear material transportation safety in particular in Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. It also includes the development of a SADC level report, based on the national reports, and to be elaborated at a second stage and after the completion of the country specific reports.
As part of contract scope of work and develiverables, AFRICSIS director Mr. Hubert Foy reported on the ToR elaboration and received input from representatives of participating countries at the First Joint Meeting of the SADC Nuclear Regulatory Network and the Steering Committee of Project MC5.01/B15 that was held on 30-31 July 2018 at Centurion, South Africa. The input contributed to the development and finalization of the Terms of Reference for a call for consultants as a mechanism to recruit potential authors of the country specific reports and regional report.
Looking forward, AFRICSIS is required to organize and conduct the assessment of the result of the call for expression of interest and to prepare and conclude written agreements with identified authors consistent with the EU rules and regulations in the conduct of the competition.
The African Center for Science and International Security (AFRICSIS) is a nonprofit international organization (also known as a think tank) registered with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General of Ghana and is the leading Public Policy Research, Analysis, and Engagement Organization on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) nonproliferation in Africa, with its headquarters at Flat B8, Proton St, Haatso-Atomic Road, Atomic Campus, Kwabenya, Accra, Federal Republic of Ghana, represented by Mr. Hubert Foy, Director and Senior Research Scientist.
Mr. Hubert Foy (left) and Mr. Kamen Velichkov (right) at the Mulungushi Conference Centre during a conference on Enhancing Regional Cooperation in Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards amongst Southern African Countries that was held on 29-31 August 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: AFRICSIS
Mr. Hubert Foy in the Royal Elephant Hotel’s Conference Hall during the First Joint Meeting of the SADC Nuclear Regulatory Network and the Steering Committee of Project MC5.01/B15 held on 30-31 July 2018 at Centurion, South Africa. Photo: ISTC