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#276April 2024

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Kazakhstan is a regular attender of major international events dedicated to science and nuclear energy. Recently, Kazakhstan representatives have taken part in the World Youth Festival and the Atomexpo 2024 international forum held in Russia.

Kazatomprom CEO Meirzhan Yussupov was one of the speakers at the Atomexpo 2024 plenary session entitled ‘Clean Energy: Creating the Future Together’ held immediately after the forum opening. Kazatomprom will remain a reliable uranium supplier for nuclear power plants around the world, he said. The speaker also noted the importance of implementing ESG principles and mentioned the company’s efforts to reduce environmental footprint in its host communities.

Kazakhstan representatives did not miss a chance to take part in other sessions at Atomexpo 2024. Zhanar Ospanova, Head of the Healthcare Department of the Zhambyl Region, Kazakhstan, joined a roundtable discussion dedicated to healthcare issues. Experts considered the need for an integrated approach in diagnostics and treatment, and the introduction of innovations that can significantly increase human longevity and quality of life.

The Healthcare Department of the Zhambyl Region of Kazakhstan and Rosatom Healthcare Technology (part of Rosatom) signed a memorandum of understanding. The parties agreed to carry out joint projects to use non-power nuclear technologies in healthcare with a focus on the development of nuclear medicine. It is planned to concentrate efforts on the diagnostics and treatment of cancer diseases with peaceful atom technologies. The parties intend to exchange information and experience, cooperate in advanced training of medical workers, and jointly develop infrastructure for the application of irradiation solutions.

“Given that Rosatom has a long track record and extensive competencies in nuclear medicine projects, I am confident that our joint efforts will help us make much progress in the diagnostics and treatment of socially significant diseases, particularly cancer. This collaboration pursues an overarching goal of expanding access of doctors and patients to the cutting-edge technologies for maintaining and improving health,” Zhanar Ospanova pointed out.

At the session dedicated to the development of internal audit, Evgenia Rossova, Director at IVA Public Association, and experts from other countries talked about the key professional competencies, transformation of the auditor profession, influence of stakeholder expectations and other external factors, and the role of advanced technology in internal audit.

“The profession of internal auditor is evolving along with business and economy. Ongoing development of our profession in the present-day reality requires fundamental knowledge in marketing, human resources management and information technology,” Evgenia Rossova said.

In addition, Kazakhstan representatives and their colleagues from other countries discussed joint research programs to be conducted at the MBIR International Research Center, academic cooperation, and other joint activities.

World Youth Festival

The World Youth Festival was held in Russia in early March. Kazakhstan was represented at the festival by Alina Begimova, a student of the MEPhI Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering and a holder of Maria Sklodowska-­Curie scholarship. She spoke at a round table on education in power engineering. Alina told the audience about her experience in international research projects and the role of decent education in the national nuclear industry development. “The nuclear industry can bring my country to a new stage of power industry evolution. It can be the beginning of a new era for Kazakhstan, but this will not happen without the people who are burning with the idea of inexorable progress or without professional education from any of Rosatom’s backbone universities,” Alina Begimova said. As the festival was over, Alina flew to Vienna at the invitation of the IAEA to meet with women who have chosen professions in nuclear engineering.