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Uganda Inks Cooperation Deal with Russia in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

Government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russian Federation on the cooperation in the Field of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes.

The IGA was signed by Eng Irene Muloni the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development and Mr. Nikolai Spasskiy, the Deputy Director General of ROSATOM on Tuesday at the margins of the 63rd Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna, Austria.

The signing was witnessed by Ms. Sarah Nafuna, the Head/ Nuclear Energy Unit /National Liaison Officer for IAEA Technical Cooperation, Hon. Oliver Koyekyenga Katwesigye, Member, Natural Resources Committee of Parliament of Uganda, Dr. Akisophel Kisolo, the Chairperson Atomic Energy Council, and other Senior Government of Uganda officials.

The energy ministry in a statement says the agreement establishes a cooperative framework with a focus on development of nuclear infrastructure in the Republic of Uganda; production and application of radioisotopes for industrial, healthcare, agricultural use; support towards strengthening nuclear and radiation safety and security, as well as education and training.

Hon. Eng. Irene Muloni in her remarks expressed appreciation to the Russian Federation for the cooperation in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and pledged government’s commitment to work with ROSATOM within the scope of the Agreement to harness the positive contribution of nuclear energy to socio economic development.

Similarly, Mr. Nikolai Spasskiy expressed the commitment and readiness of ROSATOM to support Uganda’s plans to development the peaceful use of nuclear energy especially in the nuclear power plant development and nuclear science and technology center.

To this end, the parties agreed to create workgroups to further develop projects; on the construction of nuclear power plants in Uganda and the construction of the Center for nuclear science and technology in Uganda on the basis of a research reactor of Russian design.

The Center of Nuclear Science and Technology will be used for nuclear training, research and development. In addition, the Centre will have facilities for the production of radioisotopes for cancer management. It will also have an irradiation facility for improving the shelf life of the agricultural produce, sterilization of flowers for export and improving agricultural productivity through research.

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