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6th FNCA Meeting


Report of the Sixth FNCA Senior Officials Meeting
November 30, 2005

1.

The Sixth Senior Officials Meeting (6 th SOM) was held on November 30, 2005 with the participation of 21 senior officials from 9 FNCA countries. A representative of Bangladesh participated in 6 th SOM as observer. Major agenda items were:

(1)
Report on the Sixth FNCA Coordinators Meeting (6 th CM) and Progress Report on FNCA Activities
(2)
Consultation on Round Table Discussion of Ministerial Level Meeting (MM)
 
2.
For agenda item (1), the highlights of FNCA activities in FY2005 and future plans, and the conclusion of 6th CM were reported by Dr. Sueo Machi, Commissioner of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) of Japan, and the FNCA Coordinator of Japan (attachment-1) . Remarkable progress of the projects was commended and the future plans were supported by the meeting.
 
3.
For agenda item (2), preliminary presentations and exchange of views on the two specific topics, namely " Human Resources Development (HRD) for Nuclear Science and Technology in Asia " and " Science & Technology and Nuclear Energy " , for the Ministerial Level Round Table Discussion on December 1 were made.
 
3-1.
For the discussion of the first topic, following the report on HRD Workshop (attachment-2) by Mr. Hideo Matsuzuru, Project Leader of HRD project, Dr. Machi introduced points of discussion (attachment-3) . After in-depth discussion following conclusions has been agreed:
 
a)
The Meeting took note the report on "Asian Nuclear Training and Education Program (ANTEP)" made by the HRD project, and fully supported the ANTEP concept with following comments. All member countries have made preliminary commitment to ANTEP.
 
(1)
For formulation of detailed mechanism, coordination and synergy with Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT)/ IAEA should be taken into account.
 
(2)
Their possible contribution and request of HRD for ANTEP should be compiled and then to be distributed by the secretariat to member countries.
 
b)
For action plan, it was agreed that FNCA countries would submit their possible contribution and requests before the end of January 2006. More concrete mechanism of ANTEP should be discussed based on the submitted information at the next Coordinators Meeting which is scheduled for March next year.
 
c)
The Meeting expressed wishes that the MM would agree on ANTEP scheme and elicit firm commitment to the participation and contribution of the member countries.
 
3-2.
For the discussion of the second topic, i.e., " Science & Technology and Nuclear Energy " , Mr. Kazuo Todani, Director for Atomic Energy, Cabinet of Japan (CAO) made the lead-off speech. The discussion and conclusion at the 6 th SOM are summarized as:
 
a)
All the participants agreed that it is useful exercise to take up this topic at the round table of MM tomorrow.
 
b)
The Meeting shared the view that the experiences obtained in promotion of nuclear technology policy have provided us with various lessons for science and technology policy such as dual use nature, acceptance by society and international implication.
 
c)
A suggestion was made that in order to make the MM round table discussion useful, the representatives may each wish to express their specific needs on the issues on which they would like to learn lessons from other countries in making their own science and technology policy.


Summary of the Ministerial-level Meeting of
the Sixth Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)
held in Tokyo on December 1, 2005

1. The Ministerial-level Meeting of the sixth Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA) was held December 1st in Tokyo under the chairmanship of Professor Shunsuke Kondo, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan. Ministers presented were those who had jurisdiction over the research, development, and utilization of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes from nine countries; Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Bangladesh was recognized as observer at the outset of the Opening session of the meeting and the Minister from Bangladesh was presented at the meeting

2. In the Opening session, H.E. Mr. Iwao Matsuda, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy of Japan gave opening address. He emphasized that regarding the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in Asia, steady progress of radiation uses in the fields of agriculture, medicine, industry, etc. was noteworthy and the use of nuclear energy would fulfill an important role as a measure against global warming as the securing of energy would become an important issue in the future development of the Asian region where, hereafter, quantum leaps in the field of economics are expected.
 At the same time, he pointed out the necessity of the maintenance and strengthening of the nuclear non-proliferation regime through the strengthening of the NPT regime as a prerequisite for nuclear energy utilization and called for all FNCA countries which had not concluded the Additional Protocol yet to do so. Moreover, he stressed that strengthening of the nuclear security is indispensable, while ensuring safety is a significant prerequisite for the use of nuclear energy. In this context, he welcomed the adoption of the "International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism" and the amendment of the "Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material", and appealed to FNCA countries to sign and implement both of these conventions at an early date, and strengthen commitments to Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources.

3. In the Session 1 on Country Reports, each Minister made a report of the current status of FNCA activities and the trends in policy measures related to the recent research, development, and utilization of nuclear energy in her country. As for fields of application of radiation, it was reported that positive and fruitful results are being steadily attained in each country and contributions are being made to improving the quality of life of the people and socio-economic development, and was also confirmed that FNCA activities played a major role in such developments. It was reconfirmed also that the role of nuclear energy is significant from the perspectives of the efforts for ensuring the stable supply of energy as well as dealing with the global warming problem. The participating countries have welcome the development of FNCA activities over these past few years for the promotion of the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the Asian region, and stressed the importance of promoting cooperation to magnify the socio-economic development to an even greater extent among all of the FNCA countries.

4. In Session 2 on Report from Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and Progress of FNCA Activities, Mr. Bunro Shiozawa, Deputy Director General of the Cabinet Office of Japan, reported the outcome of SOM held the day before, and Dr. Sueo Machi, Commissioner of the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan, and FNCA Coordinator of Japan, reported on the prospects and developments in regard to FNCA activities starting with the future direction of those activities accepted in SOM. Chairman of this session H. E. Mr. Sun Qin, Chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, China, commented that a comprehensive range of activities are being actively carried out in twelve projects in eight fields with remarkable results, and future prospects are anticipated. He also confirmed the importance of the objectives of the Panel on "the Role of Nuclear Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia", which give thought to the sustainable development of the Asian region amidst forecasts a huge increase in the demand for energy in the Asian region in the future, and praised the favorable progress being made, and expressed expectations for the second panel slated to be held in Japan on January 25th and 26th next year.

5. Session 3 was a Round Table Discussion Session which was the place for the participating representatives from each country to discuss about issues common to the region and exchange opinions on the active measures to be taken for the resolution. Two topics were discussed this year.

(1) Deliberation on topic 1: Human Resources Development (HRD) in Asia was moderated by H.E. Dr. Le Dinh Tien, Vice Minister of Science and Technology (MOST) of Viet Nam. Dr. Machi of Japan gave a lead-off speech on the progress of the deliberation of the concepts of an Asia Nuclear University (ANU) proposed by Viet Nam last year. He explained that the concepts had been undergone discussions at the HRD workshop held September 13-16, 2005 and at SOM the day before and the result was the proposal of Asian Nuclear Training and Education Program (ANTEP), which is an organically linked network for making effective use of existing educational and training resources in the field of nuclear energy in all of the participating countries.
Chairman Tien summarized the round table discussion as follows: 1) the meeting praised the efforts of concerned peoples made with a view to materialize the proposal of Viet Nam and accepted the basic concept, the way to proceed from here on in making the concept materialize, and the schedule as proposed, revising the description of Objectives of ANTEP to "To train scientists and engineers of nuclear power technology, and radiation / isotope application in medicine, industry and agriculture, and experts in social science fields including public communication and finance, within the FNCA member countries: due attention should be paid to the importance of including Master and Doctor programs in universities : 2) FNCA coordinators were requested to submit the report about contributions and needs of each country to the Secretariat by the end of next January while discussing it with the HRD project leaders: 3) March coordinators meeting should discuss how to proceed the ANTEP based on the report: 4) the results of deliberation should be submitted to the next MM.

(2) Deliberation of topic of Science and Technology and Nuclear Energy was moderated by Dr. Kondo of Japan. Mr. Matsuda of Japan gave the lead-off speech on the topic. The delegates praised the insight and forward-looking characteristics of the speech. Triggering by a question about how Japan seemingly has overcome the difficulties in obtaining the public understanding of nuclear power in spite of the suffering of atomic bomb, several proposals and experiences to overcome the difficulties of public acceptance of nuclear power, including education and the identification of compelling reason like security and mitigation of global warming, were discussed. It was proposed for FNCA to recognize the significance of the Nobel peace prize awarding to the IAEA in the context of need for efforts to pay due attention to the dual nature of nuclear energy mentioned in the lead-off speech. The proposal was accepted with consensus.

After conclusion of the session, Mr. Matsuda of Japan mentioned the importance of dialogue among ministers for science and technology policy in Asia. The Hon.Y. B. Datof Sri Dr. Jamaludin Bin Mohd Jarjis, Minister Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) of Malaysia, expressed his support to the idea. Several ministers also concurred to this idea. Mr. Matsuda of Japan expressed his gratitude to the comment and promised to consider the discussion held here.

6. In Closing Session, Chairman Kondo summarized the Meeting with his appreciation to the participants for cooperation. Dr. Jamaludin of Malaysia invited the ministers from all of the countries to the Seventh Meeting, which is planned to be held in that country. The invitation was welcomed by the Meeting.

7. Mr. Matsuda of Japan expressed gratitude for the contributions by all of the representatives from each of the participating countries, and the meeting was adjourned.




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