Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spasskiy (right) and Ambassador Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya pose with their copies of the MoU. By Rebecca Campbell

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Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the peaceful uses of atomic energy. It was signed by Rosatom deputy director-general and International Affairs Department director Nikolay Spasskiy and Rwandan Ambassador to Russia Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya.
The MoU sets out the legal foundations for the institution of nuclear cooperation between the two parties. This cooperation will include the development of a nuclear infrastructure in the African country. It will also include the creation of public awareness programmes regarding nuclear technologies and their uses, as well as the role of radioisotopes and radiation technologies in agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing.
Rwanda and Rosatom will set up joint working groups which will identify specific cooperation projects. The next step in this bilateral cooperation is expected to be the drawing up of a framework Russia-Rwanda Intergovernmental Agreement.