Belarus’ Energy Minister and the Head of the Joint Belarusian-Pakistani Commission on Trade and Economic Co-operation, Viktor Karankevich, has met with the Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Muhammad Naeem, during the 65th session of the IAEA General Conference to discuss the possibilities of bilateral partnership – as reported by the Energy Ministry
Viktor Karankevich informed Muhammad Naeem on the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s construction. Belarus is the first location in Europe where the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has implemented a project envisaging construction of a nuclear power plant with generation 3+ water cooled reactors. It meets high safety requirements – as has been repeatedly recognised by international expert missions, including the IAEA. "I believe that taking into account the Belarusian nuclear energy programme implementation, we’ve got an opportunity to co-operate in this direction," Mr. Karankevich stressed.
Belarusian organisations have gained the necessary experience and competencies to participate in nuclear power plant construction projects abroad. The Belarusian experience of nuclear facility construction is being studied by Uzbekistan, Hungary, Egypt, Bangladesh and Turkey. These states, as well as Rosatom, demonstrate interest in attracting specialists and builders from Belarus to implement projects related to nuclear power plant construction and personnel training. At the same time, our country is ready to share its experience in the field of nuclear science achievements.
The Energy Minister also emphasised that Belarus and Pakistan liaise in agriculture, education, industry, tourism and pharmaceuticals. The states enjoy the potential to further strengthen their partnership.
Prospects of bilateral collaboration will be discussed at a meeting of the Joint Belarusian-Pakistani Commission on Trade and Economic Co-operation later this year. By now, Belarus has submitted its proposals to the Pakistani side.