Russia to help Zambia build a Nuclear Science and Technology centre

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Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
The Russian government has pledged to help in constructing a Nuclear Science and Technology centre in Zambia.

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov disclosed this in Moscow, during official talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba.

Mr. Lavrov said the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology will be constructed under the Inter-governmental agreement on nuclear cooperation between the two countries for peaceful purposes.

He said Russia and Zambia will in the near future sign commercial contacts which will allow to launch practical works to build the centre in Zambia.

Mr. Lavrov commended Zambia for the implementation of an inter-governmental cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy that was signed in 2016.

Russia and Zambia have also reached an agreement to promote military technical Cooperation.

The Russian Foreign Minister further commended Zambia for promoting peace in Africa and supported the willingness by African Union to settle its conflicts through political and diplomatic means.

Mr. LAVROV said Russian and Zambia have since agreed to hold special consultation on how Russia can assist in its efforts to promote peace and security in the region as it chairs the AU peace and Security Council.

Mr. LAVROV said Russia and Zambia have also discussed prospects of developing investment ties including interest by many Russian companies in investing in ICT sector, Agriculture, banking and manufacturing.

He said his country has also committed to further increase its cooperation in the education sector by increasing scholarships for Zambian student wanting to study in Russian.

And Mr. Kalaba said Zambia will continue to focus attention on pursuing alternative sources of Energy including the nuclear technology as part of a diversified energy mix to power the Zambian economy.

Mr. Kalaba is confident that the signing of an inter-governmental agreement between Zambia and Russia in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the cooperation will transform and upgrade the energy sector in Zambia.

In the area of peace and security, Mr, Kalaba said Zambia will continue to promote peace and stability on the continent, as chairperson of Africa Union on Peace and Security Council.

He further said Zambia will use her position in the AU to augment efforts in promoting peace in the region.

Mr. Kalaba also acknowledged the role Russia is playing in supporting Zambia’s education sector through awarding of scholarships to Zambian students to study in Russia

He has since extended an invitation to his counterpart to visit Zambia as part of efforts to enhance bilateral relations between Zambia and Russia.

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33 COMMENTS

    • “THEY “just want to use YOU & YOUR LAND for nuclear testing without any regard for the welfare of the “Zedian people”! Meanwhile the MAJORITY of the Zedian people are anware of the realities behind the scenes. Afterall they are kept busy looking for the next meal. When you are hungry food comes first in mind . If only the people of the “Zedian soil” would have a say in the agreement of bringing Chernobyl similar disaster to your doorstep. Epompelele

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    • “THEY “just want to use YOU & YOUR LAND for nuclear testing without any regard for the welfare of the “Zedian people”! Meanwhile the MAJORITY of the Zedian people are anware of the realities behind the scenes. Afterall they are kept busy looking for the next meal. When you are hungry food comes first in mind . If only the people of the “Zedian soil” would have a say in the agreement of bringing Chernobyl similar disaster to THEIR doorstep. Epompelele

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  1. Well done Hon.Kalaba!!Russia has been a friend of mother Zambia for many years now!!keep it up!!

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  2. Hon.Kalaba,Russia is the new thing on the market and I personally recommend this government for taking the initiative. Russia’s non-interference policy in domestic affairs of its allies is what I love about them. We have the resources for nuclear powered energy source which can be explored to endless limits and help to farther our economic status. Thanks.

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    • I prefer Russia than America and the EU, they are not fond interfering in other nation’s sovereignty. Good work Mr.Kalaba.

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    • Hahahaha!

      After they have just rigged the US election for Donald trump!

      Ati “they are not fond interfering in other nation’s sovereignty. ” !!!!!

      Where have you been sleeping?

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  3. I can see my country Zambia taking its rightful place as a super power in Southern Africa in the near future not xenophobic South Africa. May God bless our country Zambia! Well done Sir Kalaba.

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  4. This is great news. But don’t build it in Lusaka. Everything is already around and near Lusaka.

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    • I totally agree with you. Almost all developments and investments are channeled towards Lusaka. This is why this city is becoming dangerously overpopulated and congested. Then you have Ministers like Mulusa proposing that the capital city should be transferred to Ngabwe! The solution is to spread development and investments to other towns and provinces outside Lusaka, and you will have people moving away from in search of greener pastures in other parts of Zambia, leading to the decongestion of Lusaka.

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  5. Before all the cadres run amok celebrating, take a moment and remember Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear energy has its own problems, first of all, Zambia does not have enough water to keep the reactors cool (let alone to generate Hydropower or just enough drinking water), secondly, storage of spent nuclear waste is a nightmare even for developed countries. Let us wait and see!

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  6. @ one man and a dog: you sound pathetic. there can not be any success without risks, if we continue fearing our own shadows we’ll never develop, Zambia needs to be stretched in order to develope. Good way to go.

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  7. Time wasters.

    You cant even pick up rubbish in Lusaka or run a single line railway and you are thinking about venturing into nuclear energy ???

    What a load of jokers.

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  8. Cheap dreams, expensive realities! The cost of building one unit of a nuclear plant is $9 billion. What is the total external debt of Zambia? The safety issues of nuclear energy vs benefits are enormous. I am not against dreaming, keep dreaming Zambians!

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  9. Mmmmm! I bet they put a little spying camera in there! These guys dumped weapons in Africa in the past and caused us turmoil.

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  10. Just scroll down it won’t be long before you see Hazaluza Hagain Namwala tribalists attacking anything positive! If the same were to be done by Three Mansons or Three mansions they would welcome it.

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  11. PF leaders must ignore UPND cadres who are anti-development.the reason is simple,they know too well that if PF deliver outstanding development across Zambia,then their tonga god HH will have no chance of becoming Zambian president!!
    So Hon.Kalaba and all other ministers just continue working hard.your hard works now shall reward you in 2021.
    Russia has a lot of billions and as a country Zambia,we may benefit a lot!!
    I REPEAT,FORGET ABOUT CRY BABIES IN UPND AS THEY ARE DIE HARD TRIBALISTS WHO WILL NEVER APPRECIATE ANYTHING DONE BY PF OR ANY NONE BANTUSTAN POLITICAL PARTY!!
    TO PRESIDENT PUTIN,PLEASE HELP MOTHER ZAMBIA SIR!!!

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    • You have no grip on reality, stop messing Zambian around.

      Just provide the 500,000 jobs instead of spending tax payers money while you wan.ke on about nuclear energy….for crying out loud you can not even pick rubbish in Lusaka!.

      Ati development ?. If you are calibre of people pf have who believe lungu can go nuclear I rest my case.

      Just concentrate on looting.

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  12. @Spaka like lilo, my thoughts too; they can’t keep Lusaka clean and they’re dreaming of nuclear; they dreamed of reestablishing the national airline and it has been all talk; wish this nuclear talk will die a natural death;but the visionless PF will just waste the money like they have done with the ICC issue.

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  13. Just read,”Zambian Fukushima”! We must NOT get into constructing a nuclear power plant in Zambia. We do not have the necessary environment – People with technical know how, financial resources to build and maintain the plant, and operational capacity would be zilch.
    We cannot even do good roads, or supply good, clean water in most parts of Zambia, so what about nuclear power plant? I think that we have too many people drinking whisky in leadership, with too much money on their mind!

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    • This just an avenue to loot…..next we will hear PF has borrowed money for the foundations of nuclear energy….

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  14. Talk about booking a one way ticket to nuclear hell…

    Fellow countrymen and women, we need to be realistic here. This crazy idea of going nuclear came from some drunk person, its saddening that some people took him seriously. Lets not be jumping up and down like we have won the lottery. We should be focusing on clean energy. Simple technologies that the black mind can grasp and such that if a component fails can be manufactured in Matero. That is what we need.

    For starts the one thing we are not good at as blacks is maintenance. We fail to keep in good working order such simple things as drainage ways. How are we going to maintain a complex installation like a nuclear power plant? Unless if you will be happy to have the Russians come and run the damn thing for us. Where is our…

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  15. For starts the one thing we are not good at as blacks is maintenance. We fail to keep in good working order such simple things as drainage ways. How are we going to maintain a complex installation like a nuclear power plant? Unless if you will be happy to have the Russians come and run the damn thing for us. Where is our pride in this? Because truth be told the critical mass of skills and competences is just not there.

    The cost of building a power plant is high. $9 million can be put into better use. If the powers that be dont know how to use the money, they should ask each one of us to give them our bank accounts so that we can share the money. After all we are the ones who will still pay back whatever loan they will get for this dangerous white elephant.

    Lets us not rush to start…

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