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Zambia And Russia Take Phased Approach In Implementation Of Nuclear Project

Lusaka ~ Fri, 02 Oct 2020

By ZR Reporter

Zambia and Russia have agreed on a phased approach to Zambia’s implementation of its Nuclear ambitions.

On September 24, 2020, the first meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee established under the intergovernmental Agreement between Russia and Zambia on peaceful uses of nuclear energy took place.

The coordination meeting was headed by Mrs. Kayula Siame, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education of Zambia and Mr. Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of the Russian State-owned nuclear corporation, Rosatom.

The parties agreed that due to the current economic situation in Zambia caused by severe drought and the global COVID-19 pandemic, a phased approach for the construction of the planned Centre for Nuclear Science
and Technology project was the optimum solution for its successful implementation.

It is envisioned that Phase One of the CNST project will see the construction of a Multipurpose Radiation Centre in Zambia.

“A phased approach will allow us to ease the burden on the Zambian budget while at the same time focus our efforts on establishing a crucial element of the Healthcare and Agricultural sectors in Zambia. The MIC will not only strengthen food security and increase agricultural export potential but will also enable the localization and the sterilization of disposable medical equipment, a pressing need, especially in times of a pandemic,” Komarov said.

The Parties highlighted the positive results of the evaluation survey that was conducted before, allowing to proceed to practical works on the selected CNST site in Chongwe under the currently agreed phased approach.

Both parties expressed gratitude to each other for the great deal that has already been achieved in the sphere of human resource development and public awareness for the CNST project.

Thus far, 91 scholarships have been approved and more than 60 students accepted the challenge to study various nuclear disciplines in Russia.

Nine graduates are already available to contribute their knowledge and skills for the benefit of the Zambian nuclear programme.

“I am well assured that after completion of their studies, all of our students will find proper recruitment and will contribute meaningfully to the success of Zambia’s nuclear programme. We believe that a phased approach to the CNST project is a responsible fiscal approach to unlocking the immense socio-economic benefits that this project has to offer,” Mrs Siame said.

17 Comments

  1. Indoshi Palupe

    Are we going to develop a bomb also!

  2. Musyani

    Loans and loans,south Africa dropped a project like that with Russia spearheaded by the former president Zuma coz alot of politicians stood to benefit as middle men during construction and fiscus wasn’t going to manage.so how strong is the fiscus of Zambia??

    • Kay

      Zambia at the moment has debt it hasn’t settled,infrastructure not finished,hospitals not well maintained and no enough meds,public schools not well funded,service delivery not good to name but a few and at the current moment the currency is doing very bad.we learn from other people’s mistakes not our own mistakes it’s a simple proverb.

      • Edwin Simfukwe

        zambia is in debt because it imports isotopes to south africa for use at the cancer disease hospital(UTH), it imports irradiated fruits like apples and oranges from southafrica, it imports Megawatts of power generated by korberg Nuclear power plant from southafrica but if we have our own CNST that means we will solve these problems at hand how? through producing our own isotopesfor use at UTH, irradiating our agriculture produce to prolong their life shelves and producing megawatts of power ..

      • Edwin Simfukwe

        listen mr kay Zambia is in debt now because it import more than it export, we have the cancer disease hospital at UTH yet we still import the raw material for treating cancer like isotopes from safari-1 reactor in southafrica, we have fertile soil yet we still import irradiated fruits and other agriculture produce from southafrica not forgetting the megawatts of power we import from Eskom southafrica because they have koberg nuclear power plant which is not affected by climate. so building a research centre in zambia will help solve the problem at hand, how? by produing our own isotopes for use at UTH, gamma irradiating our own fruits so that they can gain quality and compete at international market and also by producing our own megawatts of power using nuclear in times of climate change. if we are able to export power and quality agricultural produce that means will have foreign exchange in zambia, not only that cancer patients from neighbouring countries will also be bringing income. mineral identification technique will also be carried out and that will boost the mining sector which is the most vital sector in this country.

  3. Razor

    In other words they are backing out of this project after realizing that zambia is failing to pay its debt.

  4. JMS

    I will pick just three words in connection with nuclear (1) bombardment (2) explosion lastly (3) chemicals. As palupe has said now through razor’s remarks yes they can back out but according to the reality we are seeing HH complainied of war erupting and it may because we even see the preparation of some owning jets for what who knows but guising can do. And looking to the biggest master mind Russia money can’t be a problem but problems will come or occur after you are in the system when you now start experiencing exlposions,big accidents through aviation etc. You see some points may sim weak in start but the out come may be broad that backing out will be too late or failure in withdrawing. Be careful.

  5. JMS

    I will pick just three words in connection with nuclear (1) bombardment (2) explosion lastly (3) chemicals. As palupe has said now through razor’s remarks yes they can back out but according to the reality we are seeing HH complainied of war erupting and it may because we even see the preparation of some owning jets for what who knows but guising can do. And looking to the biggest master mind Russia money can’t be a problem but problems will come or occur after you are in the system when you now start experiencing exlposions,big accidents through aviation etc. You see some points may sim weak in start but the out come may be broad that backing out will be too late or failure in withdrawing. Be careful. Let me conclude, south ‘s withdrew had many disadvantages but the only fear is being picked as a nation involved in such behaviour and the out come to the society, how safe will people be.

  6. Mumba

    Let that plant come here in c/belt

  7. JMS

    Concerned citizens shouldn’t because being a suspect is more less than being a criminal. Remember what occurs to oil countries who are being suspected of nuclear weapons and what are the consiqunces.

  8. Bm

    Puttin is not trusted in any way. You can’t be friends with him.

    • Who is trusted?

      Not trusted? Who is trusted in this world? Trump? Stop looking at the World only through western media

  9. Assed

    Had it been that SA continued the project with Zuma, today the country could not have a crisis with electricity. Some people are hidden, whose goal is to make sure that long term projects that are beneficial for the country don’t go ahead. This is because they want us to remain the same. The Chinese are building nuclear plants in UK and no one is complaining about it. Why should it be a milestone if the project is in Africa. Corruption should never be a burier to the development of our countries. If we know that there may be corruption, then it’s ok to go on with the project because we will have measures in place. Zambia may not afford the project in future should they give it up now. Work up guys….work up Zambians. Let’s call it a golden opportunity. Ndangodutsamo ndine m’Malawi . In the name of corruption, SA gave up a security company for the railway stations just before covid19. Today we r in level one, but alas!almost the entire core materials used for the trains operations were stolen within a short period of time. We r back to square one. How about if only measures were put in place to curb that corruption. Some people will always come with big mouth as if they are concerned about us. In truth, they want us to sink. Beware, be warned my fellow Africans.

  10. Dingiswayo

    Nuclear power program will take decades to be implemented in Zambia.

  11. Real

    Greater good goes with greater risks!!! Let’s build the nuclear power plant. Let’s benefit from the plant in agribusiness, cancer treatment and purification processes.

    And maybe, just maybe, we can also be regarded as a potential upcoming super-power.

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