Bangladesh, Russia sign protocol on peaceful usage of nuclear energy

Quickgun Murugan

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Oct 1, 2009
Bangladesh, Russia sign protocol on peaceful usage of nuclear energy - People's Daily Online

Bangladesh signed with Russia a protocol deal on cooperation in the field of peaceful usage of atomic energy, as the South Asian country plans to install a nuclear power plant to tackle crippling electricity shortages.

According to a message released Sunday, the cooperation instrument was signed in the Russian capital Moscow on Oct. 21, during the visit of a nine-member Bangladesh delegation headed by State Minister for Science and Information and Communication Technology Yeafes Osman, private news agency UNB reported.

The Bangladesh delegation visited Russia on Oct. 18-22 for spot inspections of Russia's nuclear sites preceding the deal signing, following a series of talks between the two sides.

The delegation sought support from the Russia in establishing nuclear power plant and the Russian side assured of extending possible assistance to Bangladesh in the regard.

According to the protocol, a joint working group between Bangladesh and Russia will be formed and its composition and schedule of work will be defined in the working process, the message said.

It was agreed in the accord to arrange further exchange of visits from both sides, particularly at experts' level.

The Bangladesh side will prepare the proposals by the end of this year on organization of meetings of their experts with Russian specialists on "the most practical issues of mutual cooperation."

Following this deal, the matter of signing the framework agreement on the "Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant" was discussed. The main procedural issues on completion of negotiating the text of Agreement and carrying out its technical revise in Russian, English and Bengali were finalized.

"The draft Agreement is under examination and soon it would be ready for signing," the release said. It was agreed that it will be signed at a mutually convenient time.

The state minister also said the government has outlined the target of generating 20,000-MW electricity by 2021 to ensure universal electrification in Bangladesh.

He said, to meet that objective, nuclear energy is a major option for Bangladesh.

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