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Workshop focuses on nuclear energy governance

Acting Interim Chief Executive Officer (AICEO) of the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) Haji Mohd Yusof bin Haji Mohd Taufik underscored the role of legislation in managing nuclear activities.

Speaking at a two-day workshop on legal and regulatory framework in governing the peaceful use of nuclear energy applications yesterday, Haji Mohd Yusof said, “The distinctive safety conditions and protective measures necessitated by the unique nature of nuclear activities introduce a multitude of complexities to conventional regulatory systems.”

The workshop, in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Radisson Hotel, aimed to provide participants with an understanding of the importance of comprehensive national laws related to nuclear and radiation use.

Acting Permanent Secretary (Security and Law) at the Prime Minister’s Office Datin Paduka Hajah Anifa Rafiza binti Haji Abdul Ghani was the guest of honour on the first day of the workshop.

With the Sultanate’s IAEA membership since February 18, 2014, the workshop is an ongoing support and assistance provided by IAEA. Over 40 participants, including representatives from government agencies and national stakeholders are engaged in presentations including the elements of a comprehensive national nuclear law with international case studies.

ABOVE & BELOW: Acting Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) Haji Mohd Yusof bin Haji Mohd Taufik delivers a speech; and the workshop in progress. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN
PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN
Acting Permanent Secretary (Security and Law) at the Prime Minister’s Office Datin Paduka Hajah Anifa Rafiza binti Haji Abdul Ghani and the acting interim chief executive officer of SHENA in a group photo with the participants. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

Participants also engaged in group discussions led by IAEA experts on the international legal framework for nuclear liability.

The workshop is one of IAEA’s initiatives to provide legislative assistance to member states through the Technical Cooperation Programme by raising awareness among key stakeholders on the importance of establishing a robust nuclear legal and regulatory framework in the country to govern nuclear-related applications within the country.

It provides an opportunity for discussion on the four pillars of nuclear law and the legal instruments adopted under the IAEA auspices.

Following the workshop, a bilateral discussion session was also organised to enable IAEA, SHENA, and national stakeholders to discuss and identify opportunities to strengthen the existing national nuclear law – the Radiation Protection Act, Chapter 228.

The initiative is a step towards enforcing stringent nuclear safety and security standards for the protection of the workers, the public and the environment within Brunei. – Azlan Othman

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