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Global experts discuss nuclear energy technology in Accra

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Energy sector representatives and stakeholders from various countries have gathered in Accra to discuss regional and international cooperation and policies needed to advance nuclear energy programmes.

The high-level ministerial conference, jointly organized by the Nuclear Energy Agency, the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, and the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (INEC), is focused on advancing nuclear energy programs in emerging economies. Key issues to be discussed include nuclear financing, regulation, human resource development, supply chain development, mapping, and project development.

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) Kwaku Afriyie announced that Ghana is in its second phase of developing its nuclear facility for use as part of efforts to fully decarbonise energy sources by 2050. He stated that sites have already been earmarked for hosting the nuclear facility and that the government has invited international vendors and partners to help build the plant. The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Director General Samuel Boakye Dampare explained that a backup site was also ready and the next phase was site characterisation.

The INEC Chair, Aleshia Duncan, said that countries on the continent had diverse challenges as they looked forward to nuclear readiness. The conference will provide a platform for African countries to learn from best practices and opportunities from advanced countries. The Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency, William D. Magwood IV, emphasized the importance of sharing lessons with African countries as they prepare to establish their nuclear plants. He added that Ghana was far ahead of other countries on the continent and would work closely to establish its own plant.