Burundi Eco Russia steps up projects in Burundi

Cooperation in the field of the use of nuclear energy and in the field of health, the increase in scholarships for Burundians to study in Russia, these are some of the projects announced by Sergueï Lavrov, Minister of Foreigners of the Russian Federation. It was during a visit to Burundi on May 30, 2023

Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: “The preparation of an intergovernmental agreement in the nuclear field and a memorandum on the training of Burundian personnel for the nuclear field is at the final stage”

In his address and answers to questions from the media as published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Minister Sergei Lavrov announced cooperation in the field of peaceful use of energy nuclear and in the field of health.

“For nuclear power, a roadmap has already been signed between the state-owned company Rosatom and its Burundian partners”, he specifies before pointing out that currently the preparation of an intergovernmental agreement in this field and a memorandum on the training of nuclear personnel of the Republic of Burundi in the Russian Federation is at the final stage.

Minister Sergei Lavrov reported that close cooperation has been established in the field of health. This in the fight against the spread of infectious diseases.

“In February 2023, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova granted a large batch of Covid-19 tests and participated in the opening ceremony of the brand new laboratory equipped with Russian equipment at the National Institute of Public Health of Burundi (INSP),” he says.

And to add: “In 2023, this interaction will continue. A whole series of events are planned in the Russian Federation on health issues, infectious diseases and biological safety, in which Burundian specialists will take an active part”.

A special interest in the education sector

Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia has doubled the number of scholarships awarded since the new academic year. “From now on, 100 scholarships will be awarded each year,” he says.

Mr. Sergei Lavrov recalled that on May 15, 2023, the Russian-language Cabinet of the Rousski Mir Foundation was opened in Bujumbura. This on the basis of the University of Burundi (UB). Which will improve the skills of teachers of the Russian language.

Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Burundian counterpart, Albert Nshingiro, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation discussed preparations for the second Russia-Africa summit. This will be held in Saint Petersburg in the coming months. Russia says it is happy to receive a senior Burundian delegation there.


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