Russia and Ethiopia have signed an agreement setting out a three-year plan to lay the ground for the construction of a centre for nuclear science and technology and a nuclear power plant, Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation said on Monday.

The agreement was signed by Alexey Likhachev, Rosatom’s chief executive, and Getahun Mecuria (pictured), Ethiopia’s minister of technology.

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Rosatom said in a statement: “The roadmap determines specific steps in strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy. The parties have identified joint actions within the framework of a nuclear power plant construction and centre for nuclear science construction projects.

“Thus, a foundation is laid for training personnel and raising public awareness about atomic energy.”

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The signing follows an earlier memorandum of understanding, signed in June 2017, that established a legal framework for nuclear cooperation.

The day after agreeing the Ethiopian roadmap, Rosatom signed another with the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is a two-year deal that also envisages the construction of a nuclear science centre and the training of Congolese technicians.

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Rosatom says it has six reactor projects under way inside Russia and 36 outside. Its 11th Atomexpo forum, brought together over 1,500 foreign participants from 74 countries.

Image: Getahun Mecuria speaking at a UN conference (YouTube)

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