West Africa is experiencing one of the most active GDP growths in the last few years. The region as a whole has seen an average annual growth of 6-7% and its economic and social conditions are constantly improving. The majority of West African countries have rich soil composed of oil, gold, and uranium.
Regarding nuclear activities, many countries have nuclear research reactors and envision implementing nuclear power plants (E.g. Nigeria and Ghana). Other countries such as Niger, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal are also active in the nuclear field.
In 2018, Senegal established a technical cooperation project with the IAEA entitled ‘Developing a National Nuclear Infrastructure for Establishing a Research Reactor’ in order to develop regulations and prerequisites for establishing a nuclear reactor and power plant.
Similarly, in addition to an existing research reactor, Nigeria has embarked on the development of a multipurpose research reactor project to meet national requirements, and has conducted a preliminary feasibility study.
In Ghana, the GHARR-1 research reactor is currently being utilized to support oil and aluminum manufacturing industries, research institutions, universities, governmental regulatory agencies, nongovernmental organizations and individuals.
Officials who will be speaking during this session include:
- Dr. Francis Ofosu, Director, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana
- Cheikh Niane, National Coordinator, Technical Committee for the Implementation of a Research Reactor, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Senegal
- Prof. Georges Alain Monnehan, Radioprotection Director, Autorité de Radioprotection, de Sûreté et Sécurité Nucléaires, Ivory Coast
- Mukthar Sani Ali, Acting Chairman, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission