Uganda signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to explore peaceful application of nuclear technology in medicine, agriculture and industry.
Uganda’s energy minister Irene Muloni and CNNC Chairman Wang Shoujun put pen to paper in Beijing, China. Shoujun expressed willingness to share their nuclear energy experience with Uganda.
He said the use of nuclear technology would help Uganda raise its infrastructure capabilities and improve its people's living standards. On her part Muloni said nuclear power development is part of Uganda’s long-term energy development plan.
She said that CNNC's capabilities in the nuclear and non-nuclear sectors were in line with Uganda's industrial development needs and that the country was willing to conduct in-depth cooperation with the company.
Media reports in China sais the text of a draft MoU between Uganda and CNNC was agreed upon during a May 2017 visit of a delegation from Uganda led by Prisca Boonabantu, undersecretary in the Ministry of Energy.
Boonabantu visit to China was followed up by a similar one by the Chinese in March 2016. Boonabantu noted that Uganda's Vision 2040 roadmap incorporated the development of nuclear energy as part of the country's future energy mix.
In June 2017, Uganda's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development signed a similar MoU on nuclear energy cooperation with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom for purposes it described as peaceful.