Senate ratified agr’t on further ISTC operation (PHOTO)
“International Science and Technology Center is an intergovernmental organization. The center was established to conduct nuclear non-proliferation on the basis of an agreement between the European Union, the Russian Federation and other countries. Kazakhstan joined the center in 1995. The agreement on the continuation of the operation was signed in 2015 in Astana”, – said Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan Yerlan Sagadiyev.
After signing of the Agreement Kazakhstan officially became the host State, and the headquarters of the ISTC is located in Astana, in the Nazarbayev University building.
The main task of the center is to provide scientists and engineers with the knowledge and skills related to weapons of mass destruction, opportunities for training and alternative employment used for peaceful activities. In 2015 within the ISTC, 70 projects worth 18 billion dollars, as well as accompanying programs totaling 2.5 million dollars in such areas as security in the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear research, energy efficiency with the use of nanotechnology, health, solutions for contaminated areas of nuclear waste landfills and development of uranium mines were implemented.
As the Senate Committee stated, the purpose of the bill is the ratification of the Agreement on the continuation of the activities of the International Science and Technology Center, aimed at more effective implementation of the objectives of the ISTC.
Source: Kazakhtan 2050