Moscow: 21 May 2010
Bangladesh and Russia signed, today, a "Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes. Architect Yeafesh Osman, State Minister for Science and ICT signed the Agreement on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh, while Mr. Sergey Kirienko, Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation 'Rosatom' signed the deal on behalf of the Russian Government. Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, MP witnessed the signing ceremony.
As per the Agreement, the future cooperation between the two countries would include, among others, (i) design, construction and operation of nuclear power and research reactors (ii) Nuclear fuel supply, taking back the spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste management; (iii) personnel training and capacity building for operation and maintenance of the Plants, (iv) Research, education and training of personnel in the Russian Federation in the field of the use of nuclear energy (v) development of innovative reactor technologies in accordance with IAEA safety requirements, nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and environmental protection; and (vi) exploration and mining of uranium and thorium deposits.
As per the Agreement, the Parties shall assure the transfer of materials, technologies, equipment and services for implementation of joint programs in the field of the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The Parties shall establish a Joint Coordination Committee to control the implementation of this Agreement.
After the signing of the Agreement, Director General of Rosatom Mr. Sergey Kirienko, who is the former Prime Minister of Russia, expressed his full support and commitment for establishing Nuclear Power Plants in Bangladesh. A high-level delegation from Russia will visit Bangladesh soon to take forward next steps in implementing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project. The State Minister for Science and ICT and the Foreign Minister spoke on the determination of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build nuclear power plants in meeting the rising power demand as well as materializing the vision 2021 of transforming Bangladesh into a digital country.
Dr. S. M. Saiful Hoque, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr. Md. Abdur Rob Howlader, Secretary, Ministry of Science and ICT, Mr. AFM Gousal Azam Sarker, Director General (Europe and EU), Dr. Farid Uddin Ahmed, Member, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Dr. Mohammad Shawkat Akbar, Project Director of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project were present at the signing ceremony.
The Bangladesh delegation also had an official meeting with State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" on 19 May 2010. The State Minister for Science and ICT emphasized the need for nuclear power option in meeting increasing power shortage and the election pledge of present government for the nuclear power Project. Bangladesh side requested the Russian Authorities to assist in establishing two Nuclear Reactors with the capacity of 1000 MW each.
Mr. Nikolay Spasskiy, the Deputy Director General, International Cooperation of ROSATOM termed Bangladesh as a strategic partner of Bangladesh. He emphasized that in case of Bangladesh, Nuclear Energy is the best choice to meet the growing energy needs in Bangladesh. He appreciated that Bangladesh has good number of scientific and technical personnel and socio-economic condition of Bangladesh is suitable to go for Nuclear Power Plant Project.
Both the countries agreed that the signing of the "Agreement" would be followed by the subsequent "inter-governmental agreements" on technical and financial aspects.