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Rwanda draft law on Nuclear Science Centre tabled in parliament

Rwanda is moving faster to create legal framework that would enable establishment of the Center of Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in the country.

Hon. Nyabyenda Damien, Chairperson of Education, Technology, Culture and Youth Committee tabled the Committee’s report on this draft law on the ratification between Rwanda and Russia, on cooperation in the construction of the nuclear centre.

The CNST will become a modern platform for carrying out a whole range of scientific research and practical application of nuclear technologies.

It will allow the production of radioisotopes for widespread use in industry and agriculture, as well as in healthcare, thus addressing the issue of lack of cancer treatment.

During the Russia-Africa Economic Forum in October 2019 in Sochi, Russia and Rwanda signed an agreement to construct the first Centre of Nuclear Science and Technologies in Rwanda with the participation of ROSATOM.

“We have fully established the regulatory framework with a third of African countries, all the way up to the contractual framework. Half of them already have and are actively discussing specific joint projects with us, which are stipulated in a contract”, said Alexey Likhachev of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation.

Russia is aggressively partnering with African countries by supporting key investments and sharing of competencies as demand for nuclear power and related expertise are increasing as Africa undergoes industrialization and urbanization.

Source: Taarifa Rwanda

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