Opening ceremony of first ever Nuclear Technology Information Centre of Myanmar held; Chairman of State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing formally opens the centre

NAY PYI TAW February 6

Opening ceremony of first ever Nuclear Technology Information Centre of Republic of Union of Myanmar was held at the centre in Hline Township, Yangon this morning. Chairman of State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing formally opened it.

Present at the ceremony together with the Senior General were SAC Joint Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo, SAC member Admiral Tin Aung San, Union ministers, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Soe Thein, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, Yangon Command Commander Maj-Gen Nyunt Win Swe, Director General Mr. Alexey Evgenievich Likhachev of ROSATOM State Corporations of Russian Federation and members, Russ-ian Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Mr. Nikolay LISTOPADOV and members, students and distinguished guests.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Director General Mr. Alexey Evgenievich Lik hachev unveiled the signboard of the centre by pushing the button. Then they sprinkled scented water on the plaque of the centre.

The Senior General and attendees were conducted round the exhibition that displayed means to develop multiple sectors including agriculture, health, electricity and energy sector, socioeconomic development sectors through the peaceful use of nuclear energy by the DG of ROSATOM and incharge of the relevant booths.

At the opening ceremony, an MTV honouring science and technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology was screened.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Senior General on behalf of Myanmar thanked ROSATOM for its cooperation and assistance for development of nuclear technology and peaceful use of nuclear energy in Myanmar.

He then recounted the history of Russian-Myanmar cooperation that led to the opening of Nuclear Technology Information Centre which is the core of nuclear technology dissemination in Myanmar. The Union Minister for Science and Technology and CEO of ROSATOM signed MoU on cooperation bet-ween the MoST and ROSATOM State Corporations of Russia in the field of harnessing nuclear energy for peaceful purpose on 18 June 2015 in St. Petersburg.

As for nuclear technology development in Myanmar, MoST and ROSATOM signed two sets of MoU in Moscow on 11 July 2022 with the goal of establishing cooperation in the fields of harnessing nuclear energy and trainings for human resources development and qualification improvement, and educating the people to have a positive view on nuclear energy.

The centre will disseminate knowledge of nuclear technology to improve public understanding and awareness of nuclear energy according to the program. The centre will give much support for human resources development as students of the basic education schools as well as institutions of higher learning can study knowledge of nuclear energy there. It will also provide people of Myanmar with the opportunity to learn nuclear technology and to have a positive view on nuclear energy. Broader corporation in the multiple fields of nuclear energy will continue.

During the previous month, a delegation from National Research Nuclear University (MEPH) of Russia visited basic education schools and main technological universities in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay and discussed available subjects at the MEPH and relevant job opportunities. The visit was much helpful for human resources development in the field of nuclear energy application.

At the 7th Eastern Economic Forum-EEF held in Vladivostok in September 2022, Ministry of Electricity and MoST and ROSATOM signed the roadmap on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy in 2023 and 2024. Today will witness the signing of a G2G agreement on cooperation in 14 fields of nuclear energy technology application.

Both side experts will hold meetings on establishment of nuclear infrastructures of the nation to apply nuclear and radiation technologies in health, agriculture, livestock, industrial and environmental conservation, and both sides will assess necessary safety of nuclear danger, security and response in emergency period and cooperate in these sectors in line with the 19 points of IAEA. To do so, high ranking officials from relevant ministries recently held the meeting to implement the national level nuclear infrastructure development project.

ROSATOM is an organization having efficient experiences and skills to implement the communications and information projects in Russian Federation and foreign countries. So, the Senior General expressed his pleasure for establishment of the centre thanks to the ROSATOM. Moreover, cooperation of ROSATOM will help enhance human resources of Myanmar to build the Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Moreover, it can turn out qualified skilled professionals so as to safely use the nuclear energy.

ROSATOM will help fulfill the energy requirements of Myanmar. So, the Senior Ge-neral thanked the officials of ROSATOM and future plans for further cooperation.

In his speech, the Director General of ROSATOM State Corporations said that new sector was opened today in the 75th Anniversary of Russia-Myanmar diplomatic relations. The centre will help the observer to have access to success of Russian Federation in nuclear technology as well as science, education and culture arenas. Construction of the nuclear power station will affect the natural environment, economic and social environment of local people.

The director general expressed his firm belief that the knowledge from the centre will contribute much to peaceful use of nuclear energy and related technologies. Based on the knowledge, positive cooperation will emerge in Myanmar for peaceful use of nuclear energy. Applying nuclear technology will benefit energy, industrial and economic sectors of Myanmar as well as a drive for development of natural science, education and technological education.

The director general expressed thanks to the Senior General for his efforts to enhancement of Russia-Myanmar nuclear relations. Qualified professionals will be required in building the nuclear power plant, and both sides reached agreement for cooperation in training the professionals. The ROSATOM is striving for Myanmar to have satisfaction over results and quality in the cooperation in nuclear affairs.

Then, a video clip on Small Modular Reactor sent by ROSA-TOM State Corporations of Russian Federation with Myanmar subtitle was presented.

The Union Minister for Science and Technology presented commemorative gifts of the opening ceremony to the Senior General and the Russian director general. They then posed for documentary photos.

After the opening ceremony, MoU signing ceremony for future plans between the Ministry of Science and Technology of Myanmar and ROSATOM State Corporations followed. ROSATOM State Corporations Director General Mr. Alexey Evgenievich Likhachev and Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Myo Thein Kyaw signed a memorandum of understanding on future process between them in the presence of the Senior General.

Then, the Senior General, the director general and those present posed for documentary photos.

The delegation led by the Senior General on his visit to the Russian Federation in September 2022 held a meeting with officials of ROSATOM State Corporations and reach-ed the agreement to build the nuclear technology information centre in Myanmar. During the trip, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar signed two MoUs on future process between them with ROSATOM State Corporations. The information centres was initially implemented. Thanks to the centre, people, students and youths will have the chance to observe knowledge on peaceful use of nuclear energy in education, health, industrial, energy and other development undertakings of the nation.

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