Mali: signing of memoranda on nuclear power | APAnews

Mali: signing of memoranda on nuclear power | APAnews
Mali: signing of memoranda on nuclear power | APAnews

The objective of this enhanced cooperation with Russia is to position Mali as a key player in the field of energy in West Africa and, above all, to resolve the increasingly serious energy crisis that the country has been facing for several months, weighing down its economy.

Since Monday, July 1, a high-level Russian delegation has been in Mali to boost joint projects and initiate new ones. Led by Mr. Sprasskiy Nikolay Nipotavich of ROSATOM, this visit resulted in the signing of three memoranda of understanding for the energy future of Mali.

The first memorandum, signed by the Minister of Energy and Water, Ms. Bintou Camara, and the representative of ROSATOM, concerns the assessment and development of nuclear infrastructure in Mali. This agreement marks an important step in realizing the Malian authorities’ desire to ensure reliable access to energy for all Malians. With a constantly increasing energy demand and an acute crisis facing the country, nuclear power offers a sustainable solution to support the country’s economic growth.

The second memorandum aims to raise public awareness about the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Signed by Ms. Camara and the ROSATOM representative, this agreement focuses on education and communication to build a culture of safety and trust around nuclear energy. Awareness-raising aims to reassure the public and promote the safe and responsible use of nuclear energy.

The third memorandum, signed by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Bourema Kansaye, concerns the training of executives in the field of the nuclear energy industry. The objective is to develop local expertise to effectively manage nuclear infrastructures and ensure their safety. This includes the technical training of engineers and communicators responsible for raising public awareness.

However, nuclear energy carries risks, including radiation, waste management and potential accidents. Mali, with Russian assistance, intends to put in place strict safety measures to minimize these dangers. Infrastructure will be built to the highest international standards to protect the population and the environment. In addition, there are plans to put in place stringent safety protocols to prevent accidents and ensure safe management of nuclear waste.

According to the explanations of the Minister of Energy, combined with renewable energy sources, nuclear energy will allow Mali to meet its growing energy needs. This energy development will promote the industrialization of the country and improve the living conditions of Malians.

MD/ac/APA

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