Russia’s Rosatom eyes nuclear projects in East Africa

Russia’s Rosatom eyes nuclear projects in East Africa
Published: 24 September 2019 - 10:45 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Russia and Uganda have agreed to work together in the field of nuclear energy, the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom said last week, as Moscow seeks to strengthen its influence in Africa.

Russia’s state-owned companies have been at a key part of the strategy to bolster Moscow’s presence on the continent, AFP reported.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s is seeking to use his country’s uranium deposits to develop nuclear power.

The agreement was signed last week by a Rosatom representative and Ugandan Energy Minister Irene Muloni on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference in Vienna.

The deal “lays the foundation for specific cooperation between Russia and Uganda” in the field of nuclear energy, Rosatom said.

It also paves the way for working together in “the creation of nuclear energy infrastructure, the production of radioisotopes for industry, medicine, agriculture, as well as the training of personnel”.

Rosatom said the parties had agreed to organize visits by specialists in the “near future”, the local media added.

Moscow first signed a memorandum of understanding with Kampala in this area in 2017, ahead of Beijing, which signed a similar agreement in 2018.

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