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LSK Conference - Leisure Lodge Mombasa

PITCHING NUCLEAR AT THE ANNUAL LAW SOCIETY OF KENYA CONFERENCE

By Emmanuel Wandera

The critical role of a legal and regulatory framework in a nuclear power programme was the key message by the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board during the 2017 annual Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Conference, which was held between 23rd to 27th August 2017 at the Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort in Kwale County.

Under the theme: Safeguarding the rule of law and democratic gains, the conference converged lawyers from various parts of the country with the US Ambassador Robert Godec as the chief guest during the official opening.

The Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board took on the role of a sponsor in the silver category. This was in recognition of the key role played by enabling legislation in developing a nuclear power programme.

Appointment as CEO

APPOINTMENT OF ENG. COLLINS JUMA AS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF KENYA NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY BOARD

The Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board wishes to inform our stakeholders the appointment of Eng. Collins Juma as the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board with effect from 1st August 2017 following a competitive recruitment process.

Eng. Collins Juma, has been the Acting chief Executive officer since 22nd December, 2015. He previously served as Director, Technical Affairs at KNEB in the past four years. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mechanical) from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Operations Management from the University of Nairobi.

KNEB PROMOTES SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING IN HIGH SCHOOLS AT THE 55TH KENYA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR

Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board sponsored science and innovation in high schools during the just concluded the Kenya Secondary schools’ Science and Engineering Fair 2017 National Competition. The four day event took place at Allidina Visram High School in Mombasa County from 14th to 17th June 2017 that brought together budding scientists from all corners of the country to showcase their innovations and creativity.

Over 600 students exhibited their innovations under theme Science and technology for actualization of vision 2030 in eleven categories that included: Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering and Energy.

This presented KNEB an opportunity to engage and sensitize the burgeoning scientists and innovators on nuclear energy who were interested in nuclear electricity generation and how it can assist the country achieve vision 2030. KNEB participated by way of exhibition and sponsoring three categories in Physics, Energy and Engineering. Winners of each category were awarded with a trophy and cash vouchers.

KENYA SIGNS ITS FOURTH COUNTRY PROGRAMME FRAMEWORK FOR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE IAEA

On 30th May 2017, Kenya signed its fourth Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2017–2022 with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the signing took place at the IAEA headquarter during the 60th International Conference and anniversary to mark 60 years and beyond of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) contribution to development held in Vienna from 30 May to 1 June 2017.

Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, the Principal Secretary Ministry of Energy & Petroleum pended his signature on the document setting stage for assistance and support from the IAEA in implementing development projects in the country that apply nuclear technology in agriculture, research, cancer treatment and nuclear energy development.

A CPF is the framework of reference for the medium-term planning of technical cooperation between a Member State and the IAEA because it identifies priority areas where the transfer of nuclear technology and technical cooperation resources will be directed to support national development goals.

The CPF describes Kenya’s priority areas for technical cooperation between the country and IAEA that will require support for realization of national development goals. Country Programme Framework (CPF) will run for a period of five years starting in 2017 to 2022.

IAEA REVIEWS KENYA'S NUCLEAR POWER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded an 8-day mission to review infrastructure development for a new nuclear power programme in Kenya. The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) was carried at the invitation of the Kenyan Government.

The INIR team in its final meeting with the Government of Kenya stated that the country had made significant progress in its preparations to make a knowledgeable decision about introducing nuclear power. The INIR team also made recommendations and suggestions aimed at assisting Kenya in the further development of its nuclear infrastructure.

BUILDING A STRONGER KNEB TEAM

The management and staff of KNEB held a team building exercise on 4th January at the Morendat Conference Centre in Naivasha.

Under the themes; inspiration, Interventions, Network, Support, Productivity and Results, the team building focused on various simulations with the aim of teaching KNEB staff a number of lessons that could apply at work to increase their productivity.