Nam, China to sign atomic energy agreement

WINDHOEK; Namibia and China will soon sign an agreement on the peaceful use of atomic energy.

A Namibian delegation led by Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali, had discussions on the yet to be signed agreement during its official visit to Beijing last week.

Katali told Nampa last week that the draft agreement is at its final stage and will be soon signed in Namibia.

During the discussion last week, the two governments decided to include in the agreement the ratified international protocols on atomic energy by both governments. This delayed the signing of the agreement, which was supposed to be signed in Beijing last week.

‘After we included the internal protocols ratified by Namibia, we referred the draft agreement back to the Attorney General, Albert Kawana, to get a green light,’ said Katali.

The agreement gives way to the two countries to either trade or participate in the useful of nuclear energy, which include among others the generation of electricity.

Nuclear energy is used to produce electricity, and is also used in medicine to treat cancer.

In China, the Namibian delegation visited nuclear power plants and several nuclear energy training facilities.

They also had a meeting with the China-based management of the Swakop Uranium mine.

The much-anticipated construction of Namibia’s Kudu gas plant was among the topics of discussion during the visit to Beijing.