Nuclear energy in Africa: Policy options to enhance safe and secure deployment

Many African countries are considering nuclear energy in their plans to increase electricity supply while reducing emissions. As part of the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the OECD Development Centre convened a distinguished panel to lead a discussion of how African governments can benefit from the opportunities and manage the risks associated with this technology.

Companies from around the world are promoting their nuclear technology on the continent, with some having already established agreements with African governments. While renewable energy will be a key component of Africa’s energy future, innovative technologies such as small modular reactors have the potential to provide both low carbon energy and energy security.

The panel examined what is needed for the safe and secure deployment of nuclear energy in the African context. They also discussed physical infrastructure needs, human resource development and the regulatory frameworks necessary if this technology is to contribute to Africa achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Confirmed speakers

Opening remarks

  • H. E. Ambassador Amélie de MONTCHALIN, Permanent Representative of France to the OECD


  • William D. MAGWOOD, IV, Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
  • Ragnheiður Elín ÁRNADÓTTIR, Director, OECD Development Centre
  • Enobot AGBORAW, Executive Secretary, African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE)
  • Professor Samuel Boakye DAMPARE, Director-General, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission 
  • Jennifer DJ NORDQUIST, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Moderator - Patrick LANDAIS, Former France High Commissioner for Atomic Energy

Event livestream

23 June 2023
14:00-15:30 CEST - Room D, OECD, 2 Rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France and Online