Rwanda Partners With Russia To Build Nuclear Research Center

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli

Rwanda aims to leverage a facility dedicated to researching nuclear energy to improve economic areas such as agriculture, healthcare, education, and electricity generation.

The country wants to establish the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology in partnership with Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation, according to NewTimes.

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The research facility is expected to be built and operational by 2024.

The countries are already on the same wavelength on this subject, having signed an agreement to pursue non-violent uses of atomic energy in 2018, Taarifa reported.

The cooperation between Russia and Rwanda will include the establishment of study programs expected to help Rwandans acquire advanced knowledge in nuclear sciences.

Nuclear research to benefit Rwanda

The University of Rwanda aims to train students from the undergrad level, and master’s level, to PhDs with the assistance of Russian experts, according to VenturesAfrica.

A second element of the partnership with Russia is expected to produce a legal and policy framework to enable the construction of a research nuclear reactor.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, left, shake hands while posing for a photo prior to their talks in Moscow, Russia. AP Photo – Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin

The plan is for the research conducted to benefit services in cancer treatment, food processing, and crop production, AllAfrica reports.

Russia is not the only country that Rwanda is prepared to work with on nuclear energy.

In May, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority signed an agreement with the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security to collaborate on nuclear energy developments, according to Esi-Africa.

The deal sets out the terms of collaboration between the two countries in the areas of nuclear and radiological safety and security regulations, radioactive waste management and spent fuel management, emergency preparedness and response, capacity building and the organization and hosting of national and international meetings.