Friday, July 31, 2009

Africa: Nuclear Science &Technology - Africans Evaluate Path Covered

An excerpt from an article entitled "Africa: Nuclear Science &Technology - Africans Evaluate Path Covered: by Godlove Bainkong

"The African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA) is currently evaluating the path covered in 20 years, their challenges and what could be done to improve the future. This is in a five-day 20th Technical Working Group meeting of the programme that is currently going on at the Yaounde Mont Febe Hotel.

Nuclear power, participants said, is a controversial issue for humans because everyone sees it as entailing weapons of mass destruction but that the rational use of it is envisaged. They say AFRA is playing the role of initiating and carrying out actions and mechanisms in the context of the peaceful use of nuclear technology for development. 

AFRA is an intergovernmental agreement under the auspices of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and seeks to promote the development and application of nuclear science and technology in Africa. IAEA provides technical and scientific assistance as well as financial and administrative support to AFRA."

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