The Burkina Faso administration announced a collaboration with Russia to establish a nuclear energy facility, aiming to address the electricity demands of its citizens. Notably, a mere fraction of the populace currently enjoys electrical access. Since the prior year, Burkina Faso has been under military governance, with efforts underway to diversify its global alliances, including fostering stronger ties with Russia.
Further details suggest that the purpose of this new infrastructure is “to cater to the energy requirements of the citizens.”
This partnership was finalized during the Russian Energy Symposium held in Moscow, attended by Simon-Pierre Boussim, Burkina Faso’s energy chief.
Highlighting the broader context, the release noted, “This initiative aligns with Captain Ibrahim Traoré’s aspirations, vocalized in a prior Russia-Africa forum while discussing with the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.” According to Russia’s central atomic agency, Rosatom, “This accord marks the beginning of a peaceful atomic energy collaboration between Russia and Burkina Faso.”
The agreement aims to pave the way for synergies in various sectors, encompassing industrial applications, agricultural advancements, and medical innovations leveraging nuclear energy.
Data from the African Development Bank reveals that, as of the close of 2020, only about 23% of Burkina Faso’s inhabitants benefited from electrical services.
Traoré, who assumed leadership following a political shift in September 2022, has been navigating the nation away from its long-standing ally and erstwhile colonial overlord, France.