Events: Nuclear Africa 2017 Conference - Review
We were blessed with particularly warm and sunny weather for the duration of the Nuclear Africa 2017 Conference. This was most fortunate because Nuclear Africa Conferences are held at venues out of town in a country setting where people are encouraged to have coffee and drinks outdoors.
One of the prime objectives of Nuclear Africa is to encourage networking.
Dr Kelvin Kemm chaired the opening session and gave an introductory presentation to set the scene for the following days.
The main keynote speaker was Mrs Agneta Rising DG: World Nuclear Association (WNA) who gave an excellent overview of nuclear power in the world, with a particular reference to Africa.
Mr Viktor Polikarpov, Regional Vice President: Sub-Saharan Africa: Rosatom gave a presentation as well as Mr Wang Xiaohong: Acting Vice President: SNPTC (China). Ms Mosa Rasweswe of Necsa gave a Necsa perspective on the approach to the new nuclear build partnership. This was complemented by a presentation by Mr Dave Nicholls, Chief Nuclear Officer of Eskom.
Other international and domestic speakers gave a variety of presentations around the theme, all aimed to be of interest to a very varied audience.
Our primary sponsors have to be thanked.
During the first evening a cocktail party was held amongst the exhibits, which were also outside under the stars. The cocktail function was sponsored by Rosatom. The significant volume of the voices in conversation, plus the clinking of glasses carried away into the night sky well after the sun went down.
Traditionally, the third day of the conference is a day of networking. We again had a sheep on a spit outside by the swimming pool and delegates could chat and interact while enjoying a spread of food and drinks. The last people left when the moon rose.
General media coverage was excellent and the message of international collaboration in nuclear power development has spread far and wide.