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Rosatom to support further development of human resources for Africa’s nuclear sector

The company signed three memoranda of understanding with the Burkina Faso official to  outline specific steps of national nuclear sector development

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The Russian State Corporation Rosatom and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Quarries of Burkina Faso signed three memoranda of understanding on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2024).

The documents were signed by the Director General of Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, and the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Quarries of Burkina Faso, Yaсouba Zabré Gouba.

The memoranda covers training and education in the field of nuclear energy, assessment and development of nuclear infrastructure, and promoting positive public opinion about nuclear energy. The documents set out the framework for cooperation in these areas to support the development of a national programme for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The memoranda specify concrete steps to build human resources for Burkina Faso’s nuclear sector. Efforts will include cooperation between educational institutions, joint short-term educational programmes, teacher training, development of educational and scientific literature, and student exchanges.

The parties also intend to determine the current needs for the development of Burkina Faso’s nuclear infrastructure. This work will follow IAEA recommendations and Rosatom’s best practices.

The cooperation document on positive public opinion includes activities aimed at raising public awareness of the benefits of nuclear technology and non-energy applications of nuclear energy (particularly in medicine and agriculture).

Rosatom has a long history of partnering with African countries in human resources development. The company signed relevant memorandums with Mali, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Burkina Faso in 2022- 2024.

Over 400 international students do their practical internships at Rosatom resource centers annually. More than 60 of these students come from different African countries, such as South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Namibia.

Rosatom says it offers foreign customers a comprehensive solution that provides access to the entire range of products and services throughout the life cycle of a nuclear power plant. This includes the construction of nuclear power plants using Russian technology, developing nuclear infrastructure; forming relevant legislative frameworks; training national personnel; involving local industry; supplying fuel, maintaining and assisting in operating the plant; handling spent nuclear fuel (SNF); and ensuring public acceptance of nuclear energy.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is one of the most important events in the CIS economic space. The theme for SPIEF-2024 is “The Foundation of Multipolarity – Creating New Growth Centers.”

Forum participants discuss healthcare and pharmaceutical development, the modern labor market, new technologies, the Arctic and the Northern Sea Route development, and more. Rosatom is the title partner of the 2024 forum.

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