Russia plans to build a nuclear plant in the COMESA region to help address some of the energy challenges facing the region.

The Russian Ambassador to Zambia and Special representative to COMESA Konstantin Kozhanov said this when he paid a courtesy call on COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe at the Secretariat, October 4, 2018.

“Some of the areas of cooperation we want include Nuclear energy, hydrocarbon and metallurgy industries, he said. “I am positive that the establishment of the nuclear plant shall help to transfer our technology to African economic sectors such as agriculture, health and manufacturing.”

Other areas are mining and Infrastructure projects such as telecommunications, energy, road, transport, and railway.”

The Ministry of Foreign affairs of Russia are set to sign a memorandum of understanding to spearhead the implementation of the cooperation.

He said the Nuclear plant to be set up in Zambia shall also help boost the agro processing industries as well as assist in the production of medicines to support the health sector.

The Ambassador said his country is committed to assist the regional bloc towards achieving the outlined objectives of the regional integration agenda

Secretary General said COMESA’s priority areas is to increase in Intra-Comesa Trade, the free and fast flow of goods and services across the region and beyond by embracing innovation and use of new technologies.