The Permanent National Committee for Responding to Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies held its 17th meeting on Tuesday 5/4/1438H (3/1/2017G ) under the Chairmanship of HE The Vice President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) Dr. Waleed Husain Abualfaraj in the presence of representatives from a number of parties participating in the implementation of the National plan for responding to radiological and nuclear emergencies represented by (Ministry of Interior (General Investigations – Public Security – Civil Defense – Frontier Guards – The General Secretariat of the Supreme Commission for Industrial Security – Leadership, Control and Command Center – Leadership of buildings security forces ), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ministry of National Guard - General Intelligence Presidency - Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Red Crescent Authority – Ministry of Defense (armed forces) - Ministry of finance - Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources - Ministry of Commerce and Investment6. Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Ministry of Transportation, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, General Authority for Food and Drug Administration, General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection, Ministry of Culture and Media, The General Authority for Civil Aviation, the General Establishment for Saudi Ports) in order to discuss a draft amendment to the plan and forwarding it to the concerned authority to approve the updating that has taken place on the plan in light of changes and in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030, also to discuss the readiness of the participating parties in the implementation of the National Plan to Responding to Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies.
This comes in support of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and the projects and nuclear programs it requires to be implemented as it has been approved in the National Transformation Program 2020, coming at the top of these programs selecting and preparing the first site to build 4 nuclear reactors by 2020, also possessing the techniques of small compact reactors and start building them which requires that the foregoing be accompanied with a level of commitment to an institutional pattern at a national level by high safety standards to reduce the likelihood of accidents and reduce the effects of its consequences should they occur.
In light of the lessons derived from encountering radiological and nuclear accidents as well as assumptions implemented at the international, regional and local level and the restructuring of a number of ministries participating in the plan's implementation, the Permanent National Committee seeks to double efforts to cope with the next phase conditions to raise the level of readiness of the parties participating in responding to radiological and nuclear emergencies through providing them with necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them to protect themselves and their society.