Russian energy group, Rosatom, has signed a knowledge and skills transfer memorandum of understanding (MoU) with African Young Generation in Nuclear, a new pan-African forum for young professionals working in the nuclear sector.
Africa’s population is predominantly young, the continent’s future is nuclear, says Viktor Polikarpov, regional vice president, sub-Saharan Africa at Rosatom, “This is why we attach great importance to working with the young people who will implement and take further the nuclear programmes we lay the groundwork for now."
“Rosatom is committed to knowledge and skills transfer, and collaboration with these young nuclear professionals who will harness nuclear to the benefit of Africa,” says Gaopalelwe Santswere, president of African Young Generation in Nuclear.
The non-profit organisation began forming in 2014 and was formally launched in Nairobi, Kenya, earlier this year. With a membership of over 350 professionals working in the nuclear sector across Africa, the new organisation works with industry partners to raise awareness and skills among young people around science and technology, and nuclear power in particular. “Africa is the new nuclear frontier, and we are working to equip the continent’s young professionals with the skills they will need in this new environment,” he says.