ZAMBIA and Russia have signed four Memoranda of understanding for the use of Nuclear Energy for peaceful purposes.
Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska, who was accompanied by his deputies Christopher Mvunga and Peter Kasanda, and Attorney General Likando Kalaluka, witnessed the signing ceremony in Lusaka yesterday.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Godfrey Malama who signed one of the agreements said government expects communication agents to effectively convey messages that will positively impact on citizens for the successful development of the nuclear programme.
Mr. Malama said the agreement is aimed at enhancing public awareness and acceptance of nuclear energy in the country using the experience and expertise of the Russian Federation.
He said the MoU will give rise to training of representatives of the mass media, opinion leaders and other communication agents.
Mr. Malama said Zambia will work jointly with the Russian Federation to develop educational materials on nuclear energy in both English and local languages to promote and increase public awareness on nuclear energy.
Meanwhile Higher Education Permanent Secretary Owen Mugemezulu who signed the MoU on behalf of his Ministry said the agreement will give birth to the establishment of the first ever centre for nuclear science and technology in the country.
Mr. Mugemezulu said the Centre for nuclear science and technology that will be constructed will among others include nuclear research installation based on multi-purpose research.
He said the Centre will play host to ground breaking experiments, improve overall scientific knowledge and serve as training centres for students and nuclear scientists of the future.
Speaking earlier Russian Federation delegation leader who is ROSATOM Director Deputy General Nickolay Spassky said that he is delighted to partner with the Zambian government to ensure that Zambians benefit from nuclear energy.
Under the ROSATOM MOU the Russian Federation will assist Zambia in developing an integrated country Human resource plan for personnel for Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), construction and non-power sector.
The agreement will enhance cooperation in training and skills development in the field of nuclear sciences.
The second agreement between the Ministry of Health and ROSTECHNADZOR will strengthen cooperation in Nuclear Safety and regulation.
This MoU will pave way for the Russian Federation to assist Zambia to enhance the Capacity of the Radiation Protection Authority by developing a regulatory framework appropriate for heightened nuclear and radiation activities.
The third MoU is between the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services and ROSATOM on cooperation in enhancement of public awareness of nuclear energy in Zambia.
Under this agreement the Russian Federation will help with the communication strategy to assist the Zambian government address the myths related to the use of nuclear energy over climate concerns.
The fourth is a project development Agreement between JSC Rusatom Overseas and Ministry of High Education for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in Zambia.