October 11, 2017 - Rabat, Morocco - Rusatom International Network (RAIN) through its regional center ROSATOM Middle East and North Africa and the National Center of Nuclear Energy, Science and Techniques of the Kingdom of Morocco (CNESTEN) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy.
Alexander Voronkov, director of ROSATOM regional center in Middle East and North Africa, and Khaled Elmediouri, director general of CNESTEN, affixed their signatures to the document from Russian and Moroccan sides respectively, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev and the Prime Minister the Kingdom of Morocco Saadeddine Othmani. The signing ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Director General for International Relations of ROSATOM Nikolay Spasskiy.
The memorandum opens wide areas of bilateral cooperation in the peaceful application of atomic energy, such as: basic and applied research, use of radioisotopes and radiation technologies in industry, agriculture, medicine etc., nuclear fuel cycle products and services supply, assistance in developing of the Kingdom's nuclear infrastructure, maintenance and equipment supply for the needs of the national atomic program of Morocco. The document also embraces assistance in education, training of administrative and scientific personnel for the needs of national atomic programme, as well as support in raising of public awareness and acceptance of nuclear energy in the Kingdom. Accordingly to the MoU the parties will conduct joint study aimed at possibility for nuclear power sector in the energy mix of Morocco based on Russian expertise and technology.
One of the next steps in bilateral cooperation is elaboration of the draft agreement between the Governments of the two countries on cooperation in peaceful use of atomic energy.