07 September 2020
The African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) and the African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA), have formalised their cooperation through an arrangement to support regional efforts in the area of using nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes in Africa. Therefore, AFCONE and AFRA, have considered:
- The Pelindaba Treaty (African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty) provisions in particular its:
- Article 08, encouraging the “ Parties to the Treaty to make use of the programme of assistance available in IAEA and, in this connection, to strengthen cooperation under the African Regional Cooperation Agreement for Research, Training and Development Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as AFRA)”,
- Article 13, requiring AFCONE “to request the IAEA to provide it with an annual report on the activities of AFRA”, Have decided to establish, develop and strengthen the relationship to promote areas of mutual interest, to cooperate in advancing, promoting and improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of peaceful nuclear applications and nuclear science and technology implementation in the African region, including in nuclear safety and security.
Mr Messaoud BAALIOUAMER, AFCONE Executive Secretary and Mr Zizamele MBAMBO, AFRA Chairperson, DDG Nuclear Energy at the South African DMRE, have proceeded with the Signature on 07 September 2020, at the AFCONE Office (Menlyn/Pretoria/South Africa). About 35 Participants Including
*Physically, Representatives from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN), the Women in Nuclear (South Africa) and
*Virtually, the African Union Commission Directors and Senior Officers, the Director of TC Africa and Staff at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Chair of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies (FNRBA) and the Women in Nuclear Africa Chair (WIN-A).
The participants congratulated the Partners and supported the Process leading to greater synergy in the programmes and optimisation of the resources.