Last week, Namibia’s information minister announced that nuclear energy discussions with India are imminent.
According to Tjekero Tweya, the Cabinet made the decision to proceed with the nuclear discussions on Tuesday last week, following a 2009 agreement on the supply of uranium to be used on nuclear energy, which has not yet been implemented, China’s News agency reported.
According to media, the implementation of the agreement has been stalled due to India not being a signatory to the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Tweya noted that the agreement stipulates that Namibia will only export uranium to India for non-weapon use.
In June this year, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee met Namibian President Hage Geingob, where Geingob assured that he would look into legal ways by which Namibia can supply uranium to India, News reported.
“According to Tweya, the Cabinet asked the mines ministry to come up with suitable dates for convening a meeting with India’s technical team on how to operationalise the agreement,” News added.
According to media, it was during this visit that it was agreed that India will be responsible to deploy technical atomic energy experts to assist with any hurdles experienced with the uranium exports from Namibia.
“The move to have Indian atomic energy experts was necessitated by the fact that Namibia is a signatory to the African Union members that are against dealing with non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty signatories. Tweya did not say whether these experts were sent to Namibia,” media reported.