Rwanda signs nuclear pact with Russia

During an official visit of Rwanda’s minister of infrastructure, Claver Gatete, to Moscow an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy was signed between the two countries.

ROSATOM’s director general, Aleksey Likhachev, signed the agreement on behalf of Russia and Gatete signed on behalf of Rwanda.

The cooperation agreement will lay the foundation for active dialogue between the two countries in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy and will allow for practical implementation of particular projects.

Likhachev said: “We are happy to share our more than 70 years’ expertise in the field of peaceful use of nuclear technologies with our Rwandan partners. We hope that our cooperation in that area will contribute to the economic growth and improve the quality of life of the Rwandan population”.

Nuclear technologies

The document establishes legal basis for interaction between the two countries in a wide range of areas, including elaboration of the project for the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology and of a Nuclear Power Plant in the Republic of Rwanda.

Furthermore, the agreement outlines legal basis for interaction between Rwanda and Russia in the following aspects:

  • Development of nuclear infrastructure in line with the international requirements;
  • Elaboration of the regulation in the field of nuclear safety, supervision of physical protection of nuclear materials, radiation sources, storage facilities of nuclear and radioactive materials;
  • Supervision of the accounting and control of nuclear and radiation materials and radioactive waste;
  • Fundamental and applied research in the field of peaceful atom;
  • Manufacturing of radioisotopes and their application in manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare; and
  • Training and development of specialists for the nuclear industry.

Source: ESI Africa

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