Rwanda, Morocco reach nuclear energy consensus

APA - Kigali (Rwanda)

Rwanda and Morocco have reached a significant consensus on bilateral ties in the use of nuclear energy to advance the two countries' economic development, an official source disclosed to APA in Kigali on Monday.

The deal was concluded during the signing of a memorandum of understanding to implement the above joint-project between the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Safety.

It said the five-year cooperation agreement will focus mainly on the exchange of information and experience with best practioces in the regulation of nuclear safety and the management of nuclear and radioactive waste.

Reports said that Morocco which has more experience in the field of civilian nuclear, has welcomed this regional cooperation between African countries.

"Among other aspects of the cooperation, will focus on  the use of nuclear energy for medical applications and security related issues," said Khammar Mrabit, the director general of the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security.

Official estimates indicate that 80 percent of medical applications use nuclear technology in Morocco, while more than 15 percent of industries and the security sector as well as 5 percent of research and development work also use this type of technology.

Commenting on the new move, the Director General of Rura, Patrick Nyirishema,  said that the other stake of this memorandum was also to take advantage of Morocco's experience in radiation protection.

"Rwanda wants to resort to a nuclear use that goes hand in hand with the protection of people and the environment," he said.


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