Vienna: Amidst projections of steep world demands for energy by 2020, nuclear energy will become a promising environmental and commercial option in the future for securing energy and fueling national economies, Hamad Alkaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said.
Alkaabi noted that the UAE had made significant progress in preparing the infrastructure required for building its peaceful nuclear energy programme, enacted a federal law to regulate nuclear matters and established specialised nuclear entities to implement its programme, whose first peaceful nuclear power plant is scheduled to go online by 2017.
Alkaabi, who is also Special Representative at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Nuclear Cooperation, made his remarks during his opening address to the workshop on nuclear safety and security and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, held in Vienna and sponsored by four agencies specialising in nuclear safety and supported by the UAE Permanent Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
During his speech, Alkaabi stressed the importance of informing the media about latest international developments regarding peaceful nuclear programmes and the use of sustainable nuclear energy for the wellbeing of humanity in developing and emerging countries.
Twenty media persons specialising in nuclear energy from the Middle East attended the three-day event, in which discussions focused on wide-ranging technical issues concerning nuclear programmes, atomic energy, nuclear safety and security, case studies of crises in nuclear power plants in Fukushima in Japan, Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union and Three Mile Island in the US, along with progress in nuclear medicine. Participants also heard a historic review about nuclear programmes in the Middle East.