5th FNCA Meeting
Report of the Fifth FNCA Senior Officials Meeting
- The Fifth Senior Officials Meeting (5th SOM) was held on November 30, 2004
with the participation of 20 senior officials from 9 FNCA countries. Major
agenda items were:
(1) Report on the Fifth FNCA Coordinators Meeting (5th CM) and Progress
Report on FNCA Activities
(2) Report on the First Meeting of the Panel on "Role of Nuclear
Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia"
(3) Consultation on Round Table Discussion of Ministerial Level
- For agenda item (1), the conclusions and recommendations of the Fifth CM,
and the highlights of FNCA activities in 2004 and future plans, were reported
by Dr. Machi, the FNCA Coordinator of Japan. Remarkable progress of projects
was commended by the meeting.
2-1. In the field of research reactor application, it was noted
that the first demonstration plant of automatic loading of Mo-99 adsorbed
PZC has been installed and operated successfully in BATAN, Indonesia, in
2004. The capacity of the plant is to produce Mo-99 for diagnosis of 80
patients per day. The member countries were encouraged to install similar
plants to meet hospital demands. Application of neutron activation analysis
for monitoring of air pollutant has been carried out and comparison data
2-2. In the field of agriculture, development of drought tolerant
mutant varieties of soybean, sorghum, and insect resistant orchid are being
implemented through exchange of mutant seeds between participating countries.
For the project on Bio-fertilizer production, field demonstration in member
countries are desirable for extension of biofertilizer to farmers.
2-3. In the field of health care, radiotherapy of uterine cervix
cancer is being studied in combination with chemo-therapy to improve efficiency
since 2004. The new project on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) initiated
by Malaysia will have the first meeting in 2005 to formulate detailed work
2-4. For the project on "Public Information for Nuclear Energy",
a workshop on nuclear communicators training was held in Bangkok in 2004.
For Regional Speakers Bureau (RSB), member countries are encouraged to
invite speakers for national PI conference.
2-5. For the management of the technologically-enhanced naturally
occurring radioactive materials (TENORM), expert missions visited the relevant
sites in Australia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, China, and Thailand recommending
some points for improvement.
2-6. In the field of nuclear safety, the project on "Safety
Culture of Research Reactor", a peer review activity with the Serpong
reactor of BATAN was suspended in 2004. Future plan may be discussed in
2-7. For the project on "Electron Accelerator Application",
the demonstration of flue gas irradiation for environmental protection
was conducted in China. Specific market-driven applications will be studied
- The FNCA Coordinator of Japan stressed the importance of evaluation of
ongoing projects. The outcome of the evaluation of some projects will be
reported to the Sixth CM in March 2005 for in-depth discussion with a view
of further enhancing FNCA activities.
- For agenda item (2), the report on the First Meeting of the Panel on "Sustainable
Development and Nuclear Energy in Asia" by Mr. Todani was highly appreciated,
and the plan for the Second Meeting was also supported by the Meeting.
- For agenda item (3), preliminary presentations and exchange of views on
the two specific topics, namely "Regional Cooperation of Human Resource
Development for Nuclear Science and Technology" and "Policy and
Program of FNCA in the Future", for the Ministerial Level Round Table
Discussion on December 1 were made. The Meeting took note following major
a) While all delegates confirmed their continued support for non-proliferation
of nuclear weapons, it was decided that non-proliferation was not a necessary
topic for the Ministerial Level discussion.
b) The Meeting agreed that the nuclear security and safety are of
great importance in nuclear applications.
c) The Meeting supported the proposals from Viet Nam to set up a
regional network for human resource development (HRD) using FNCA framework.
A senior level policy maker meeting should be organized to formulate programs
on this matter.
d) As for the HRD cooperation, linkage with other activities like
RCA/IAEA and Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT)
was encouraged for enhancement. A new concept of sandwich program and registration
of lectures were also proposed.
e) Some delegations also stressed the critical role of media in
supporting nuclear energy, and hoped to strengthen the international cooperation
to make more influence on media to give objective and balanced information
about nuclear energy application.
- It was reconfirmed that the Seventh FNCA Meeting would be held in Malaysia,
and agreed that the Philippines would host the Ninth FNCA Meeting in 2008.