Russia, Uganda sign intergovernmental agreement on nuclear energy cooperation

The Governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uganda have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, on the sidelines of the 63rd International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General conference in Vienna this week.

The agreement follows a similar one last year when Zambia and Russia signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Centre of Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in Chongwe by Rosatom.

This week’s document was signed by Nikolay Spassky, Deputy Director General – Director of international activities of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, on behalf of Russia, and by the Minister of state for energy and mineral resources of the Republic of Uganda Eng. Muloni Irene Nafuna, on behalf of Uganda.

The agreement meets all modern requirements for such documents and lays the foundation for practical cooperation between Russia and Uganda in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In particular, it implies joint work in such areas as: creation of nuclear infrastructure, production of radioisotopes for industrial, healthcare, agricultural use, as well as education and retraining.

The parties agreed to exchange visits for industry experts in the near future and to create workgroups for specific applications like in specific areas, including construction of the Center for nuclear science and technology in Uganda on the basis of a research reactor of Russian design, which is a complex but promising endeavour.

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