Nuclear power Serves as an enabler of innovative development in Africa

Governments across Africa are seeking ways to enhance their existing energy infrastructure and develop new or diverse energy sources that are reliable, affordable and sustainable. Development of a sustainable mix of different energy sources will allow the continent in general to unleash its huge potential for economic growth report the Standard Media.

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Nuclear energy combined with other clean sources can become a major driver for many economic sectors as it is a driver of scientific and technological progress.

Besides being a source of clean energy, the atom is also instrumental in solving a number of crucial issues in guaranteeing social and economic development. Experience has shown that the development of nuclear power and related infrastructure has a positive impact on the social and economic conditions in adjacent regions.

Nuclear technologies make it possible to use nuclear medicine for treatment of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Radiation technologies make it possible to grow more crops and safely export more domestic products.

The science and technology cluster may include the manufacture of special-purpose and civil products, such as equipment for the transport industry and the fuel and energy industry, systems for monitoring, diagnostics and control, metallurgy products, control and measuring devices and medical equipment.

Besides, experience has shown that marketing and engineering infrastructure facilities and small enterprises operating in related fields begin to emerge near the “core” of the cluster after its creation. In symbiosis with the “core”, they increase the investment attractiveness of the region and of the entire country.The integration of new enterprises into a single complex will enable national players to strengthen their positions in the domestic market and to increase their competitiveness on a global level.

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