Rosatom expands cooperation in West Africa

16 October 2023

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed a memorandum of understanding with Burkina Faso and another with Mali on cooperation in the field of the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The signing of the MoU between Rosatom and Burkina Faso (Image: Rosatom)

The agreements were signed on 13 October in Moscow on the sidelines of the 6th Russian Energy Week Forum.

An MoU on cooperation was signed between Rosatom and Burkina Faso's Ministry of Energy, Mines and Quarries. It was signed by Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spassky and Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries Simon-Pierre Bussim.

Rosatom noted the MoU is "the first document in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy between Russia and Burkina Faso". It said the MoU creates the basis for establishing cooperation in a wide range of areas, including approaches to the creation of nuclear generation, non-power applications of nuclear energy in industry, agriculture and medicine, the development of Burkina Faso's nuclear infrastructure and increasing public awareness of nuclear technologies.

Spassky also signed an MoU with Bintou Camara, Mali's Minister of Energy and Water Resources.

The memorandum outlines both priority tasks and tools for interaction, as well as areas for joint work of mutual interest. These are the development of Mali's nuclear infrastructure, increasing public awareness of nuclear technologies, fundamental and applied research, the use of radioisotopes, nuclear, radiation and physical safety, personnel training, nuclear research facilities and nuclear energy. There is an agreement to exchange technical visits.

"Russia is actively developing cooperation with foreign countries," Rosatom said. "Despite external restrictions, the domestic economy is increasing its export potential, supplying goods, services and raw materials around the world. Rosatom and its divisions take an active part in this work."

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