The Director General (DG) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, has commended Pakistan’s safety measures for nuclear power plants, describing them as “world-class,” during a seminar in Islamabad.
He praised Pakistan’s technical and engineering capabilities in developing nuclear power plants, including small modular reactors, in order to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s Planning Minister, also spoke at the seminar, emphasising that the country’s mutually beneficial ties with the IAEA cover all aspects of atomic technology.
He stated that, despite being one of the countries with the lowest carbon emissions, Pakistan is severely impacted by climate change. The Planning Minister also praised the country’s achievements in nuclear science, including cancer diagnosis and treatment, crop development, and food preservation.
Pakistan currently operates six nuclear power plants that generate clean energy. They account for 8% of total electricity production in the country. He called nuclear power the best solution to climate change.
Rafael also met with PM Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to discuss IAEA-Pakistan cooperation in health, agriculture, industry, nuclear medicine, and power generation. His visit to Pakistan was his first official visit since taking office in 2019.