Muloni led the Ugandan delegation to the the 61 regular session of the IAEA general conference held at Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria from September last week.
Energy minister Irene Muloni
Muloni led the Ugandan delegation to the the 61st regular session of the IAEA general conference held at Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria last week.
The alternate head of delegation was Ambassador, Marcel Tibaleka, the resident representative to the IAEA head of mission, Embassy of the Republic of Uganda to Berlin.
The conference attracted participation of key atomic energy sub-sector players such as natural resources committee of Parliament, agriculture ministry, defence, energy ministry and internal affairs.
In her address to the conference, Muloni appreciated the agency for its untiring efforts in helping member states use nuclear science and technology to facilitate, among others; food security, sustainable agriculture, human health, sustainable energy development and water resources management.
“The co-operation with the agency in the areas of peaceful use of nuclear science and technology will greatly facilitate the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGGs). This will in turn help our country achieve its dream of becoming a middle-income country”, Muloni said.
She also added that the country was pursuing plans to generate electricity using nuclear energy as one of the Uganda’s National Development Goals.
“In line with national development agenda, the Government of Uganda continues to prepare for the introduction of nuclear power as part of the diversification strategy for meeting future electricity needs for social economic development. My Government applauds the agency for its contribution towards the prefeasibility studies for launching the first Nuclear power plant in Uganda”, Muloni said.
At the margins of the conference, Muloni had a bi-lateral meeting with Ambassador Yukiya Amano, the IAEA director general. The meeting focused on strengthening partnership in cancer management, nuclear power infrastructure development, tsetse flies control using nuclear techniques, and enhancing food safety to promote exportation of agricultural products, among others.
Muloni also applauded the IAEA for the prompt response and continuous support towards the restoration of radiotherapy services in Uganda.
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