UGANDA – The Government of Uganda signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russia to help the country build capacity to exploit nuclear technology for energy, industrial, medical, agricultural use and other peaceful purposes.
The government of President Yoweri Museveni has previously said it is eager to use the country’s uranium deposits to boost energy production capacity.
In an emailed statement, Uganda’s energy ministry said the IGA with Russia was signed in Vienna on Tuesday between Energy Minister Irene Muloni and Nikolai Spasskiy, the deputy director general of Russian state corporation Rosatom.
Under the agreement, the statement said, Russia will help Uganda with development of nuclear infrastructure and production and application of radioisotopes for industrial, healthcare and agricultural use.
“Spasskiy expressed the commitment and readiness of Rosatom to support Uganda’s plans to develop the peaceful use of nuclear energy especially in the nuclear power plant development,” the statement said.
Uganda’s ministry of energy and mineral development has previously said the country has substantial deposits of uranium but reserve estimates are not known as the mineral has not been commercially explored.
Rosatom said the parties had agreed to organise visits by specialists in the near future.