Two ISTC partners – the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) and the professional network African Youth Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) – organized on 31 March 2021 a virtual forum entitled: Capacity Building for Safe and Secure Development in Africa of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy including Nuclear Power. High level representatives of the African Union, the IAEA, AFRA, and FNRBA provided different perspectives on the subject matters during discussions comprising topical and pressing issues for the continent and for its new generation of scholars, researchers, and practitioners. Participants reached a conclusion that there should be a paradigm shift in Africa in the direction of a sustained dynamic development programme, including through efficient contribution of the youth. The young generation is capable to ensure effective, safe, and secure peaceful nuclear applications, pursuing excellence in education and training, and in research and development.
These messages were present in the remarks by Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology and the IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.
On several occasions the ISTC received acknowledgement for the contribution it makes to capacity-building in Africa through its projects in nuclear safety and security. This was underlined in the intervention of AYGN President Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere, in many comments, and most ostensibly - in the comprehensive presentation by Dr. Naphtali Mokgalapa entitled: 2030 & Beyond Vision: Contribution of the AYGN to the Excellence in NST Capacity Building. In its retrospective component, the AYGN leader emphasized that ISTC was a reliable partner to AYGN from the outset of the continental network, and the cooperative ties will be further strengthened, as the Center is about to establish a presence locally, through admitting in its membership interested African states.