On May 15, 2018 "on the margins" of the ATOMEXPO-2018 International Forum in Sochi ROSATOM and the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electric Power of the Republic of the Sudan signed a Memorandum on Cooperation on the personnel training in the field of nuclear energy of the Republic of the Sudan and the Memorandum on the formation of positive public opinion on nuclear energy in the Republic of Sudan.
On the Russian side the documents were signed by N.N.Spassky, Deputy Director General of ROSATOM, from the Sudanese side - Yu.Kh. Yusif Abdullah,First Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity of the Republic of Sudan.
Memorandums establish framework agreements on cooperation in two key areas of the development of the Sudanese program of nuclear energy peaceful use: in the field of personnel training and on the formation of positive public opinion on nuclear energy in the Republic of Sudan.
In particular, as part of the Memorandum on cooperation in personnel training the parties agreed on the implementation of joint projects in the field of personnel education and training for the needs of nuclear energy and related industries. It is planned to organize training programs for the nuclear infrastructure of the Republic; development of close cooperation between specialized educational institutions; organization of internships, summer schools, seminars, olympiads, conferences and round tables on nuclear topics; teacher training for the purpose of conducting training courses in Sudanese universities and other educational organizations of the country; development of field-specific educational and scientific literature and exchange of students.
The Memorandum on Cooperation on the positive public opinion formation regarding nuclear energy stipulates the parties interaction within the framework of the preparation and implementation of a set of measures aimed at dealing with the public and the media. In particular, the parties plan to develop public information programs about nuclear technologies and the directions of their use; organization of educational events for the media and public opinion leaders, conducting international specialized conferences, round tables and exhibitions with the involvement of international experts in the field of nuclear technology; development of information and training materials aimed at drawing public attention to social and economic benefits of the projects implementation in the field of nuclear energy peaceful use, safety of modern nuclear energy technologies; information and experience exchange and other areas of cooperation.
The Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity of the Republic of the Sudan and Rusatom Overseas JSC have previously signed a Project Development Agreement (PDA) for the construction of a floating nuclear power plant in Sudan. According to the PDA, the parties will explore the possibility of constructing a floating NPP in Sudan.