Ethiopia, Russia ink nuclear deal

The Government of Ethiopia and Russia inked a nuclear development deal, which enables the former to use nuclear power as an alternative renewable energy source.

The deal between the two sides involves establishing a nuclear science center and a nuclear power plant as well as training professionals in the field. It allows Ethiopia to use nuclear technology for in agriculture, health and other industries. The nuclear application roadmap signed on Monday between Ethiopia’s Innovation and Technology Minister Eng. Getahun Mekuria and Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Director General Rosatom Alexei Likhachev.

The two sides signed the deal at the sidelines of the 11th International Forum ATOMEXPO 2019 organized by Rosatom, taking place from April 15 – 16 in Sochi, Russia. Rosatom has six reactor projects under way inside Russia and 36 outside.

Over the past years, the expo has a discussion platform for topical issues regarding nuclear energy and the nuclear industry as well as for establishing high-potential business contacts. The government of Russia believes that nuclear technologies open up completely new opportunities for the development of medicine, the creation of unique materials, space exploration and the development of the Arctic territory as indicated by President Vladmir Putin of Russia whose sent a message to the participants of the Expo.

“I am certain that the forum, the main theme of which is Nuclear Technology for a Better Life, will be a constructive event that will help to solve advanced problems of the national and global nuclear industry,”  President  Putin said.