The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute announced on 25 May that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) for technological cooperation in nuclear research and development. The agreement, signed at BAEC headquarters, aims to establish and strengthen a future-oriented cooperation between the two organisations by exchanging human resources and technical information in the field of nuclear energy.

The main areas of cooperation are: research reactor development, research reactor use and improvement, radioactive isotope production and use, radiation technology development, material and neutron science, and radioactive waste management. 

In July 2021, the research institute won an order for a Bangladesh Training Research Reactor (BTRR) upgrading project worth $3.88 million. It is to develop and replace key facilities in the BTRR with digital technology with the goal of completion in January 2023. The BTRR has been in operation since 1986. The KAERI delegation plans to check the progress of the BTRR modernisation project at the work site, discuss any problems, and develop practical cooperation plans.

Mohammad Azizul Haq, Chairman of BAEC, said, “I am delighted to strengthen cooperation with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute following the BTRR project contract last year.