This event takes place as part of SAIIA’s ‘Atoms 4 Development Project’, which focuses on the nexus between nuclear security in securing global peace and the peaceful use of nuclear technology in catalysing development towards Africa’s achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
A credible, robust nuclear non-proliferation regime is essential to facilitate the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Without safe and secure handling of nuclear material, plants, reactors and waste disposal, Africa’s ability to utilise nuclear technology for its developmental objectives in SDGs and Agenda 2063 is compromised. The project’s goal is to strengthen African nuclear governance to support the peaceful application of nuclear technology for Africa’s development.
The workshop will focus on case studies of nuclear programmes in three African countries – Egypt, Ghana and South Africa, discussing their background, scope, existing installations, governance, international commitments and the way forward in terms of peaceful use of nuclear energy for development.
Moderator: Yarik Turianskyi, Deputy Head of the African Governance and Diplomacy Programme at SAIIA
Opening remarks: Mr Messaoud Baaliouamer, Executive Secretary of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE)
Reflection on the commemoration of 75 years of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Prof Fumihiko Yoshida from Nagasaki University
Egypt case study: Dr Hebatalla Taha, Affiliate with Nuclear Knowledges at Sciences Po Paris.
Ghana case study: Mr Hubert Foy, Founding Director of the African Centre for Science and International Security
South Africa case study: Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk, Professor of International Politics in the Department of Political Sciences, University of South Africa
The event will be followed by a Q&A session