Uganda, in collaboration with the African Nuclear Business Platform (AFNBP), will host the AFNBP 2023 conference to discuss nuclear energy developments in Africa.
The Minister of Energy, Ruth Nankabirwa, stated that the conference will provide an excellent opportunity for Uganda and the African continent to find solutions to the challenges in the nuclear industry.
“The conference comes at a time when Uganda is in preparations for the amendment of the Atomic Energy Act, 2008, to strengthen the legal regime for nuclear safety, security, safeguards for nuclear material, civil nuclear liability and maintaining the nuclear institutional framework,” she said.
Seven Sub-Saharan African countries, including Uganda, have committed to having nuclear energy as part of their energy mix between 2030 and 2037. Uganda is experiencing an increasing population, economic growth, and rising social needs that require sustainable development of energy resources.
The country’s vision for 2040 and the subsequent national development plans aim to shift the country from a peasantry to an industrialized and predominantly urban society, which can only be realized with the introduction of nuclear energy.
The government is investing in developing the necessary infrastructure, including human capital development in specialized areas to support the early development of nuclear power.
The conference will take place from March 14 to 17, 2023, and is expected to be attended by over 300 stakeholders from the international nuclear community.