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Uganda to use its uranium deposits for nuclear power
Ugandan Energy Minister Irene Muloni (left) and the Deputy Director General of Rosatom Nikolai Spasskiy exchange documents on September 18, 2019 after signing an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) on nuclear energy. President Yoweri Museveni is seeking to use Uganda’s uranium deposits to develop nuclear power. PHOTO
Russia and Uganda have agreed to work together in the field of nuclear energy, the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom said Wednesday.
This comes as Moscow seeks to strengthen its influence in Africa.
State-owned Russian companies have been key part of the strategy to bolster Moscow’s presence in Africa.
President Yoweri Museveni is seeking to use Uganda’s uranium deposits to develop nuclear power.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday by a Rosatom representative and Ugandan Energy Minister Irene Muloni on the side-lines of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference in Vienna.
Rosatom said the parties had agreed to organise visits by specialists in the “near future“.
Moscow first signed a memorandum of understanding with Kampala on nuclear energy in 2017, ahead of Beijing, which signed a similar agreement in 2018.
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