Uganda and Russia have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of uranium into nuclear power.
The MoU was signed by Uganda’s State Minister for Minerals Simon D’Ujanga and Russia’s deputy director general of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Nikolai Spasskiy in Moscow.
The signing was made on the sidelines of ATOMEXPO, an international exhibition to showcase innovation within the nuclear industry. The annual expo was started in 2009 and brings together several players to discuss matters related to the nuclear energy industry.
The pact is the first agreement between both countries to collaborate in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
“It envisages the bilateral cooperation in wide range of spheres: development of nuclear infrastructure in Uganda, programmes for raising public awareness of nuclear technologies and its application, radioisotopes and radiation technologies’ application in industrial, medical, agricultural sectors,” reads a statement issued by Rosatom’s press team.
Other areas of collaboration under the pact include radiological and physical security, fundamental and applied researches, human resource training, and nuclear research centres based on multifunctional research reactors.
The Uganda-Russia agreement comes barely a month after Uganda’s Ministry of Energy team led by Undersecretary Prisca Boonabantu travelled to China at the invitation of Zhonguan Engineering Corporation (CZEC), a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), as part of the ongoing discussions with Beijing to help Kampala develop nuclear power infrastructure at about $3 billion (Shs11 trillion).
Nuclear discussions with Rosatom commenced last October shortly after the launch of the Uganda-Russian Joint Permanent Commission, an inter-governmental framework for economic, scientific and technical cooperation.
The discussions followed a meeting between Rosatom’s regional vice-president for Sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov and President Museveni on providing professional training in nuclear infrastructure development.
Rosatom is a Russian state-owned nuclear corporation which runs uranium extraction and production and other nuclear activities in Russia and globally.