Global atomic energy agency stresses importance of safety skills development

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed two agreements with African nuclear regulatory bodies at the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) second Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference on Thursday. The agreements were designated "Practical Arrangements" and were between the IAEA and the NNR and between the IAEA and the Forum for Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa. In his keynote address to the conference, also on Thursday, IAEA deputy director general and head of the Nuclear Safety and Security Department Juan Carlos Lentijo pointed out that the agency, and his department in particular, supported the development, in member countries, of the skills necessary to ensure nuclear and radiological safety and security. International cooperation in the area was key, as it also promoted global nuclear safety and security.