National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA formalizes radiological security collaboration with Morocco

June 11, 2018

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David Huizenga, NNSA’s Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator, and Dr. Khammar Mrabit, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security, sign a new memorandum of understanding in Rabat, Morocco.
David Huizenga, NNSA’s Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator, and Dr. Khammar Mrabit, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security, sign a new memorandum of understanding in Rabat, Morocco.

NNSA and the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (AMSSNuR) met last month in Rabat to sign a memorandum of understanding that will enable both partners to collaborate on numerous nuclear and radiological-related matters including security, forensics, detection, and safeguards.

Made possible with support from the U.S. Embassy Rabat and Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the memorandum established a formal pathway for cooperation between NNSA and AMSSNuR on these matters.

During the same week, AMSSNuR and Global Affairs Canada co-hosted a five day workshop on the development of a national detection architecture in Morocco.  Setting up a framework for detecting and analyzing smuggled nuclear and radioactive materials, as well as sharing technical expertise and best practices, is extremely important for Morocco’s overall nuclear security strategy.

Experts from NNSA, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Canada’s foreign affairs and regulatory agencies shared technical and policy know-how with workshop participants. Such information sharing is instrumental in helping Morocco set up strategies to prevent nuclear and radiological smuggling within its territory.

Moroccan participants included customs officials, law enforcement officers, the nuclear regulator, and other technical experts.