Ghana-Russia agree on Nuclear Energy cooperation

By Patience A. Gbeze, GNA

Accra, Sept. 17,
GNA – The Ghana-Russia Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC), has
welcomed the agreement on cooperation in the field of the use of nuclear energy
for peaceful purposes signed on June 2, 2015, in Moscow.

The PJCC also
established the Joint Coordination Committee of Experts, Dr Emmanuel Bombande,
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, announced this at
a news conference in Accra.

He noted the
significance of nuclear energy to Ghana’s development, and said it was
recommended that the Joint Coordination Committee intensifies its work and
speed up the process of concluding the Project Development Agreement.

This would result
in the construction of a Nuclear Power Plant and the Centre for Nuclear Science
and Technology in Ghana.

“Ghana and Russia
have agreed on the necessity to prepare and conclude an agreement between our
governments on a visa-free regime for holders of service and diplomatic
passport,” he added.

He said the two
sides also confirmed mutual interest in the expansion of cooperation in
education and science.

Russia has
indicated its willingness to create a favourable condition for the study of the
Russian language in Ghana using modern telecommunication technologies.

The Russian
delegation is in the country for the second session of the PJCC to explore
investment and partnership opportunities of both countries.

Dr Bombande said at
the end of the three-day session, having noted the significant potential
existing for the development of long-term and mutually beneficial business
cooperation between the two countries, they have seen the need to revitalise and
strengthen cooperation in the industrial arena.   

Some of the
specific areas of interest shown by the Russian companies are aviation,
construction of infrastructure, energy, geological exploration and mineral
resources, and healthcare.

The Deputy Minister
stated that Ghana and Russia have deemed it prudent to increase support to the
Chambers of Commerce and Industry of their countries to facilitate information
exchanges and dissemination organisation of business missions and participation
in trade fairs and exhibitions in each other’s country.

“I am confident
that following through with the implementation of the conclusions reached at
this session will propel the existing bilateral cooperation…to heights closer
to the much desired levels of stronger economic ties.

“Hence, I entreat
us all to get work and make it happen for the mutual benefit of our peoples,”
he said.

Mr Evgeny A.
Kiselev, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian
Federation and Head of the Federal Agency on Exploration of Mineral Resources,
pledged the commitment of Russia to intensify efforts to realize the protocol
in future.

He also commended
the technocrats from both sides who made the signing of the protocol a success.

The session focused
on various field of cooperation including agriculture and agro-processing,
healthcare, oil and gas, energy, security, industry and manufacturing, mining
exploration, science and technology, housing, construction and infrastructural
projects, energy generation, transportation, ICT, Immigration and education.


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