Pak calls for removal of barriers to equitable access to international civil nuclear cooperation

Pak calls for removal of barriers to equitable access to international civil nuclear cooperation

heg Pakistan has called for removal of barriers to equitable access to international civil nuclear cooperation.

In its national statement at the Nuclear Safety Summit at The Hague, Pakistan has told the global community that its experience and expertise in nuclear power generation, non-power application of nuclear technology, nuclear security and nuclear safety,  the country is well placed to assist interested states.

The statement said with advanced nuclear fuel cycle capability, Pakistan is in a position to provide nuclear fuel cycle services under IAEA safeguards, and to participate in any non-discriminatory nuclear fuel cycle assurance mechanism.

Pakistan has streamlined and strengthened its export control regime and enhanced its engagement with multilateral export regimes. Therefore, Pakistan qualifies to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and other export control regimes, on a non-discriminatory basis.

It also pointed out that the existing international nuclear security framework covers the measures taken by the IAEA and the United Nations as well as various conventions and initiatives. Therefore, there is no need to create new, parallel institutions or mechanisms.

The statement said Pakistan has a well defined, robust command and control system and its nuclear security regime is anchored in the principle of multi-layered defense for the entire spectrum of any nuclear threat. A specially trained Special Response Force ensures the security of our nuclear assets.

A rigorous regulatory regime encompasses all matters related to nuclear safety and security, including physical protection of materials and facilities, material control and accounting, transport security, prevention of illicit trafficking, border controls, and plans to deal with possible radiological emergencies.

The statement said Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence in Nuclear Security, in collaboration with the IAEA, is planning to host regional training courses including course on nuclear security this year. In the past few years, Pakistan has  invested heavily in nuclear safety at the plant, corporate and regulatory levels.

After the Fukushima accident, Pakistan  revisited safety parameters, emergency preparedness and response, and operators’ training protocols and procedures.

The National Statement emphasized that Pakistan  is implementing a robust Nuclear Security Action Plan (NSAP) in collaboration with the IAEA to manage radioactive sources, secure orphan sources, detect radiation and prepare for emergencies.

Pakistan’s Energy Security Plan includes a futuristic, self-sustaining Nuclear Power Programme 2050, to meet the existing energy shortfalls and to respond to the future requirements of a growing population and economy. The country envisages generation of nuclear energy of 8,800 MW by 2030 and 40,000 MW by 2050.

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