Rwanda has approved an agreement with Russia to advance the use of nuclear energy for “peaceful purposes.” This step is anticipated to strengthen relations between the two countries.
This took place ahead of the first ever Russia-African Forum which is to take place next week in the city of Sochi, Russia in which President Paul Kagame had confirmed attendance and will be accompanied by senior government officials.
Last December, the nuclear deal was first signed in Moscow and revisited in May 2019 when Rosatom Global, Russian government nuclear parastatal stated it will help set up a Nuclear Plant by 2024. Part of the deal is to also set up a centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in the country’s capital, Kigali which will facilitate experiments and scientific research.
According to the government, the deal will help boost technology in agriculture, energy production and environment protection. A similar co-operation agreement has been signed with Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania even after questions over the suitability of the technology surfaced.
In June, the Russian press revealed the commencement of Rwanda’s negotiations to purchase Russian missile defense systems and signed agreements to develop a military simulation and training centre in Kigali.