Ethiopia, Russia extend cooperation in nuclear energy

23 October 2019

Ethiopia and Russia today signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy during the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi. The document was signed by Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov and Ethiopian Minister of Innovation and Technology Getahun Mekuria.

Getahun Mekuria and Alexey Likhachov signing the agreement in Sochi (Image: Rosatom)

It creates a legal basis for cooperation in a wide range of areas, such as: assistance in the development of Ethiopia's nuclear infrastructure in accordance with international standards; regulation in nuclear and radiation safety; supervision of the physical protection of nuclear materials, radiation sources, storage facilities for nuclear materials and radioactive substances, as well as for systems for accounting and control of nuclear materials, radioactive substances and radioactive waste; fundamental and applied research in the field of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy; production of radioisotopes and their use in industry, medicine and agriculture; and education, training and retraining of specialists for the nuclear industry.

The agreement develops a Memorandum of Understanding concluded between Rosatom and Ethiopia's Ministry of Innovation and Technology in June 2017, and also follows the signing in April this year of a three-year roadmap for cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant and a centre for nuclear science and technology in the African country.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News