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 STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

 The strategic analysis of the external and internal environment of AFRA was done by means of a SWOT analysis. The major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the AFRA Agreement are presented below:

 

AFRA STRENGTHS

 AFRA has a sound legal, scientific and managerial base as reflected in:

 -          The inter-governmental agreement between the 39 African Member States,

 -          The Network of competent, dedicated and internationally exposed scientists, resulting in proficiency in exercising promotional and developmental activities in nuclear science and technology by means of technical cooperation and facilitation of TCDC between Member States, and

 -          The AFRA Management which assume managerial roles at the regional level and interfaces with all AFRA stakeholders. 

  • Nuclear techniques and scientific skills and practices employed by AFRA are well established, proven and internationally recognised;
  • AFRA is maintaining continuous stakeholder interaction through fora and regular contact and also contributes towards the promotion of networking between Atomic Energy Commissions (AECs) and National Nuclear Institutions (NNIs) as well as end-users;
  • AFRA enjoys solid collaboration and cooperation with the IAEA which is funding AFRA activities up to 75% of the AFRA annual budget;
  • AFRA has good human resource strategies and practices that provide for national capacity development and regional self-reliance;
  •  AFRA has acquired sound Information Communication Technology strategy and infrastructure, and the capability to develop/improve and disseminate ICT-based training/learning materials;
  • Through its AFRA-FMC, AFRA has acquired the ability to cooperate and interface with Member States, potential partners; such as the IAEA, as well as regional and international organizations.
  • AFRA has been referred to by the African High Level Conference on Nuclear Energy (Algiers 9-10 January 2007) and the African Union Summit (Addis Ababa (29-30 January 2007) as the appropriate framework for the implementation of the regional activities where nuclear techniques can play a major role.