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World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI) held a Workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan

A workshop “Working Together to Overcome Challenges in Uranium Transports in Central Asian Countries” hosted by the World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI) took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 23-24 October 2012. The workshop brought together major stakeholders in Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, China and India, including representatives of the regulatory authorities , such as Atomic Energy Agency of Kazakhstan, ROSATOM, State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and industry committed to reliable transport of radioactive materials, with a particular focus on the packaging and transport of uranium concentrate.

Representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were also present and spoke on IAEA security and safeguards and IAEA assistance in the region.

The workshop examined, through presentations and case studies transportation routes, highlighted existing difficulties and important issues of concerns within the region, need for harmonization of legislation, issues with approvals and consents, lack of capacity of rail and ISO containers, the need for sharing good practices etc.

The WNTI members concluded that it would be of great value for the WNTI to host its next workshop in China.

Mr Michael Wilson, Director, Michael Wilson & Partners, Ltd. (MWP), was speaking on Legal Challenges of International Exports from Kazakhstan. His presentation covered issues of the regulatory bodies and regulations, legal framework, interaction between legal authorities in Kazakhstan and the IAEA Customs requirements for imports/ exports to/from Kazakhstan, and export licensing. Presentation of Mr Wilson and other materials of the Workshop are available upon request.

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