This year the CEO of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), attended the "Africa Nuclear Business Platform Conference 2023" held in Kampala, Uganda, where he delivered a keynote speech on "Sustainable Economic Transformation in Africa through Nuclear Energy."
The conference was organized by the Ugandan government, and the CEO attended it at the invitation of Uganda's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The conference, which began with the CEO's keynote speech, was attended by over 300 participants, including the President of Uganda, the Prime Minister of Uganda, and officials from African governments, nuclear regulatory agencies, and businesses from Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, and other African countries.
In his keynote speech, the CEO stated, "Through collaboration with Africa, we will do our best to contribute to low-carbon energy supply in Africa with Korean nuclear and smart nuclear technologies, which can become a future growth driver for Africa."
On the same day, KHNP signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on nuclear cooperation with Uganda's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Through this agreement, KHNP will support the development of nuclear manpower in Uganda and cooperate closely in areas such as the design, construction, and operation of nuclear power plants.
During the two-day conference, discussions took place on various topics, including Africa's increasing energy demand, climate change mitigation, the need for nuclear power for carbon neutrality, and cooperation in the nuclear power sector, as well as case studies from nuclear-developing countries like South Korea.
KHNP operated its own promotional booth during the conference to introduce the APR1000, a Korean-designed nuclear reactor that recently received design certification from the European Utility Requirements organization, and the i-SMR, which is currently under development. In addition to promoting its nuclear technologies, KHNP also garnered interest and support from African government officials for the "2030 Busan World Expo."
With increasing interest from African countries, such as Uganda, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, and Zambia, in introducing new nuclear reactors and advancing their nuclear programs, this conference, attended at the invitation of the Ugandan government, is expected to lead to various nuclear cooperation relationships between Korea and Africa.
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