A four day African Regional Coordination Meeting (AFRA) was held in Abuja-Nigeria by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) from the 3rd- 6th December, 2018. The meeting was to assess the progress on leadership management amongst African Regulatory bodies. Participants were drawn from 18 African countries namely; Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania with resource persons from the IAEA and Nigeria being the host country.

Declaring the meeting open, the DG/CEO NNRA represented by Prof. T.C Akpa, Director Radiological Safety in the NNRA welcomed all participants and thanked the IAEA for organizing such a meeting. He went ahead to appreciate the efforts of the IAEA in improving the safety and security of nuclear and other radioactive materials as well as establishing competent and robust nuclear regulatory bodies in the African Region.

He further spoke about the achievements of the NNRA in terms of leadership and management and the efforts going on for the development and implementation of the Integrated Management Systems (IMS). In conclusion, he hoped that the meeting will help strengthen regulatory infrastructures in the African Region.

In their response, the two IAEA representatives; Muhammed Lameen Abdul-malik (Programme Management Officer, Division for Africa, Department of Technical Cooperation) and Teodros Gebremichael Hailu, (Radiation Safety Specialist, Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety, Department of Nuclear Safety and Security), thanked the Nigerian Government and the NNRA for hosting the regional meeting and hoped that at the end of the meeting, a common agenda would be reached that will enhance the performance of African regulatory bodies in achieving a satisfactory status in terms of security and development.

After the four day meeting, it was adjudged fruitful by participants as common grounds and agreements were reached.

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