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Uganda lobbies China for nuclear energy development partnership

A group of Uganda government officials have called for partnership with China in the area of nuclear energy development for peaceful purposes.The Uganda delegation led by Prisca Boonabantu, an undersecretary in Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, made the appeal during a visit to China from 2nd to 5thMay 2017.

Boonabantu told the press in Kampala this morning that their visit provided a platform for the team to engage key Chinese nuclear energy agencies such as the China National Nuclear Safety Administration (CNNSA) and China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE); and get a deeper understanding on the peaceful use of nuclear energy and the technology advancement in its development.

Boonabantu, said that Uganda’s Vision 2040 blueprint incorporates the development of Nuclear Energy as part of the future energy mix. “

Plans have been made in Uganda to have clean and safe energy generation sources with nuclear being one of them Uganda Government has also planned to sensitize the public on the peaceful and safe use of nuclear energy.” She said.

Yang Chaodong, President of CZEC noted that China was ready to partner with Uganda in the area of nuclear energy development.

He noted that his company was the key state owned enterprise that had specialized in development of nuclear power plants, miniature nuclear source reactors in China and across the globe in countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana and Algeria.

He informed that various training opportunities are offered by the Government of China in the area of nuclear energy.

He said China was ready to foster closer cooperation with Uganda through partnerships and dialogue.


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