Moscow, 9 July – Yesterday, at the 15th session of the Lao-Russian Intergovernmental Panel on cooperation in trade, economy, science and technology, the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and ROSATOM signed two memorandum of understanding. The first document defines the areas of cooperation in education and personnel training, while the second one establishes the approaches to forming public opinion on peaceful use of atomic energy in Lao PDR.

The documents were signed by Nikolay Spasskiy, Deputy Director General of ROSATOM from the Russian side, and Dr. Sinava Souphanouvong, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR.

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Under the first memorandum, ROSATOM (the Russian Federation) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) are willing to implement a number of joint educational projects in the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The agreement provides for education programs for Lao students at Russian universities as well as their practical training, development of educational and scientific materials, international student exchange, academic Olympics and teachers’ training.

The other memorandum envisages the parties’ joint activities for nuclear energy promotion in Lao PDR, as well as building of public awareness of modern nuclear technology. 

Signed documents mark the second stage of mutual efforts between the two countries aimed at the strengthening of the Lao-Russian cooperation in the nuclear energy sector. 

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First memorandum on cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy between the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and ROSATOM was signed on April 14, 2016. On September 26, 2017, in Moscow, on the sidelines of the meeting between Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Lao PDR Thongloun Sisoulith, a roadmap for Russian-Lao cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy was signed. The document envisage set of specific activities in the key areas of joint work.