France signs nuclear cooperation agreement with South Africa
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, this morning (October 14 2014) received Tina Joemat-Pettersson, South African Minister of Energy in Paris. They signed a cooperation agreement for the development of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy with South Africa.
This framework agreement paves the way for the development of an ambitious civil nuclear cooperation and long-term relationship between our two countries, in accordance with the best safety, security and non-proliferation practices. It covers both technical and scientific cooperation as well as any future industrial partnerships. The agreement allows for the possibility of cooperation in areas such as nuclear power production, management of nuclear waste, and nuclear safety. It will address concretely the choices of the South African government.
France and South Africa share the same vision of the responsible use of civilian nuclear energy, such as is shown in our mutual involvement in South Africa’s Koeberg plant. Our common goal is to enable South Africa to meet its energy needs while sharing longstanding French expertise in the area of nuclear energy.