Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nuclear Energy Update: Oman Joins Arab Research and Training Agreement

Readers of this blog know that we have been keen to highlight the opportunities presented by Oman’s plans to develop a peaceful nuclear energy program. As we discussed in our “Nuclear Energy in Oman” series, two of the key legal steps in the nuclear development process include joining international agreements and building a nuclear safety framework.

The Sultanate’s recent enactment of Royal Decree 68/2010 suggests that Oman is continuing to make further progress in both of these areas. Pursuant to Royal Decree 68/2010, Oman is acceding to the Cooperative Agreement for Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology, also known as “ARASIA.” Established in 2002 under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency, ARASIA provides a forum for Arab nations to cooperate in formulating nuclear research, development and training initiatives – not only for nuclear energy production, but also for other applications of nuclear technology such as medical testing. ARASIA hosts training courses on nuclear technology and safety issues, and participates in a range of research projects. In joining ARASIA, Oman takes it place alongside fellow members Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.