Ghana and Russia discuss nuclear development

7 September 2016

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and representatives of nuclear-related agencies of the Republic of Ghana in late August held the first meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) under the provisions of the inter-governmental agreement concerning the peaceful uses of atomic energy signed in June 2015. The Russian delegation was led by Rosatom’s regional vice-president for Central and South Africa, Victor Polikarpov. Ghana’s delegation, led by the head of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Benjamin Nyarco, included representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority. Discussions centres on issues related to Ghana’s preparation for implementation of the national nuclear programme, including infrastructure, staff training, funding, technical issues related to joint projects including NPP construction, and nuclear regulation. The Intergovernmental Agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The meeting was a follow up to the agreement signed on June 2, 2015. Although Ghana has no NPPs, it  “has competences in nuclear technology,” and understands that nuclear power is “necessary”, said Polikarpov.

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