IAEA to back Kenya nuclear plan

July 24, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is willing to support Kenya in exploiting nuclear power as a source of energy.
The International Atomic Agency Director General Dr Mohammed El Baradei said that in order for Kenya to achieve rapid industrialisation there was need to add nuclear energy in its current energy mix.
"Kenya might have other sources of energy but in order to industrialize faster there is need for nuclear energy," Dr Baradei said on Thursday, during a meeting with President Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House, Nairobi.
The IAEA Director General assured President Kibaki that his agency was willing to provide personnel to train Kenyans on the appropriate use of nuclear technology.
President Kibaki said Kenya appreciates the enormous support it has been receiving from the International Atomic Energy Agency in the field of agriculture, livestock development, health, water resources and energy planning.
The President commended the IAEA Director General and his agency for the role they have played in the development and transfer of nuclear science technologies and applications.
Since 1966 the IAEA has worked with Kenya and other partners’ worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.
Present were Higher Education Minister Dr sally Kosgei and higher Education Permanent Secretary Prof Crispus Kiamba among others.


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