The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with the Korea Atomic Energy Research institute (KAERI) on 13 October 2021.

The main areas of the MoU will open doors for the expansion of trade relations for mutual benefit in areas such as nuclear technology, medical isotopes production, fluorine-based chemicals as well as Human Resource Management, Necsa says.

The virtual signing ceremony was led by the Necsa Group CEO Mr Loyiso Tyabashe as well as KAERI President, Mr Won-Soek Park.

The cooperation relating to agreed topics include the exchange of information, visits to facilities and joint research and development on key projects. The agreement will also allow KAERI and Necsa to identify opportunities as they emerge. Collaboration on Zirconium-89 based radiopharmaceuticals for early detection of cancer is foreseen.

“This is a step in the right direction as far as Necsa’s vision of becoming a renowned research and nuclear institution in Africa and around the globe. Nuclear technology is essential to human life and, through this MoU, we are making this a global reality.” Loyiso Tyabashe, Necsa Group Chief Executive said.

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