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Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)
10th Ministerial Level Meeting


December 16, 2009
Tokyo, Japan

The 10th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan, on December 16, 2009. It was hosted by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and the Cabinet Office of Japan (CAO). Attending were ministerial-level delegates in the field of nuclear energy (including four Ministers, two Vice-Ministers, and three Chairpersons of research institutes) from the 10 FNCA member countries, i.e., Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Program; List of Participants)

A resolution and a meeting summary including the following points were adopted at the meeting after discussion across a broad spectrum on international cooperation in the nuclear field.

The major conclusions of the meeting are:
- The FCNA recognizes that the case studies conducted under the FNCA framework on the assumption of including nuclear power in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have now been quantitatively shown to be beneficial. The FCNA will promote both domestically and internationally the inclusion of nuclear power in crediting mechanisms in the post-2012 international framework on climate change.
- The FCNA recognizes the particular importance of the safety of nuclear power plants as infrastructure. The FCNA will promote knowledge sharing regarding countermeasures against natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. The FCNA will strengthen cooperation in human resources development and technical infrastructure development regarding nuclear security and non-proliferation/safeguards.
- The FCNA will study the possibility of enhancing collaboration among member countries regarding efficient utilization of existing research reactors as well as new ones in preliminary planning, including networks for the manufacture and supply of isotopes (including 99Mo) and silicon-based semiconductor materials. Also the FNCA will consider to setting up a commercialization forums for nuclear technologies.

The next Ministerial Level Meeting is to be held next year in China.

Session I: Opening Session

Mr. Naoto KAN
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Government of Japan

Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Naoto KAN delivered welcoming remarks. Mr. Kan stated that he positions nuclear power as an important component of "green innovation," which does not emit CO2. He said that he will steadily promote nuclear power. He also discussed the international situation related to nuclear power as well as The FCNA's initiatives over the past ten years. He asked that each FNCA member country continue actively participating in and cooperating with the FNCA's activities. Following Mr. Kan's remarks, delegates introduced themselves. Next, Mr. Kajita, Director General for International Affairs, Office of Atomic Energy Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan (CAO), reported on the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) held the day before (Tuesday Dec. 15) as a preparatory meeting for the Minister Level Meeting.

Session II: Country Reports

The first half of Session 2-1 began with a video message from Mr. Yukiya AMANO, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, and Japan successively reported on activities in nuclear power generation and the application of radiation in each country. Dr. Shunsuke KONDO, Chairperson of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), presented the Japanese country report. In the second half of Session 2-2, delegates from Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam presented their country reports. The summary of Mr. Amano's message and the report of each country are as follows.

(1)  Mr. Yukiya AMANO, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): Video Message
The IAEA and the FNCA share the common goal of helping member states to use nuclear energy effectively in the safest and most secure manner and exclusively for peaceful purposes. IAEA believes that Asia will remain a major focus of global expansion and will be in the forefront of important technological developments in the nuclear energy sector. For example, fast breeder reactors such as the CEFR in China, the Monju prototype fast reactor in Japan, and the 500-MW prototype fast breeder reactor in India are drawing attention. IAEA has refocused its activities to concentrate more on meeting the needs of countries which have embarked on plans for new nuclear power programs. May of these newcomer countries are in Asia. IAEA can help these newcomers build up necessary infrastructure, registration, and regulatory systems. IAEA's technical cooperation program is not limited to electricity production. It also covers other types of nuclear applications, helping countries use nuclear technology to boost food production, manage water supplies, and improve health care. The approaching retirement of the current generation of nuclear specialists is a growing concern. IAEA helps in many ways, including through special services. I encourage FNCA countries to take advantage of these valuable agency services. IAEA supports and cooperates with Korea and the EU Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT), a cyber platform and distance learning program.
It is vital that nuclear energy be used exclusively for peaceful purposes, with adherence to the highest safety and security standards. IAEA is the custodian of nuclear safety, a security regime based on international conventions and codes of conduct. I encourage all nations which have not yet ratified the relevant conventions to do so as soon as possible. I also encourage the efforts of the Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN) to build capacity in the region.
 

Mr. Yukiya AMANO (IAEA)
Director General
International Atomic Energy Agency
 

Dr. Ron HUTCHINGS (Australia)
Acting Executive General Manager,
Strategy, Government & International Relations,
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

(2)  Australia
The Australian government currently has no plans to introduce nuclear power in Australia. However, the government accepts that nuclear power is an important part of the global energy mix. It recognizes the needs of countries where energy demand is growing strongly but where access to alternative resources is more limited than in Australia. In this context, the government continues to support uranium mining, subject, of course, to rigorous environmental and safety considerations. Regarding greenhouse gas emissions, the current scheme calls for a minimum 5% reduction by 2020, up to 25% if a global agreement is reached at Copenhagen. The government has set a mandatory target for renewable energy of 20% by 2020.
A supplemental budget for new neutron research instruments at the OPAL research reactor facility was approved, enabling expansion of research such as study of climate change and other environmental issues. We have taken on leadership and sponsorship of the newly approved Safety Management Systems Project, which is an evolution of the former Nuclear Safety Culture Project. ANSTO is pleased to host the project's first workshop, in Sydney in February 2010. We also actively participate in the project on Radiation Safety and Radioactive Waste Management, and in the Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) component of the Research Reactor Utilisation Project, and we maintain involvement in the Human Resources Development project. Australia supports continued integration of the FNCA and RCA programs in specific thematic areas.
 
(3)  Bangladesh
The government has announced a vision of building a "Digital Bangladesh," aiming to transform Bangladesh into a modern, technologically advanced and prosperous country by 2021, the 50th anniversary of our independence. The major challenges for Bangladesh are poverty reduction and sustainable development, and nuclear is considered an "inevitable option" for Bangladesh in terms of economics, environment, safety, and energy security.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has signed MOUs with a number of friendly supplier countries, and we are promoting activities that strengthen nuclear infrastructure development. A project on site development is being conducted to finalize site development and a Site Safety Report. Human resources development remains one of the most challenging issues for enhancing the application of nuclear science and technology, especially the introduction of NPP. I believe that future human resources development in the nuclear field requires stronger cooperation among all of the FNCA member countries. Now is the time to push ahead with concentrated efforts to include nuclear power in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the UN framework.


Arch. Yeafesh OSMAN (Bangladesh)
State Minister
Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology

Mr. CHEN Qiufa (China)
Chairman, China Atomic Energy Authority
 

(4)  China
During the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century jointly sponsored by the Chinese government and the IAEA in April 2009, over 800 participants from 80-odd countries expressed their firm confidence in nuclear energy development. The Chinese government made a commitment to reduce carbon emission per gross domestic product (GDP) by 40 45% from the 2005 figure by 2020 in response to global climate change. This will bring new opportunity for nuclear power development in China. So far, there are 11 nuclear power units with a total of 9.1 GWe installed capacity in operation on the Chinese mainland. Another 24 units with a total of 25.4 GWe installed capacity have been approved by the government. In light of present development trends, the target for 2020 is 40 GWe installed capacity in operation and another 18 GWe under construction. Through 50 years' efforts, China has mastered the key technologies for uranium exploration, mining, purification, conversion, enrichment, fuel element fabrication, and spent fuel reprocessing. It has established an almost entirely complete nuclear industrial system. To properly solve the problem of radioactive waste, China has strengthened efforts on decommissioning nuclear facilities, spent fuel reprocessing, and radioactive waste treatment and disposal. In light of the importance of safety and emergency response, China has joined the IAEA Convention of Nuclear Safety. In November 2009, China held its first national nuclear accident emergency exercise, which was observed by Japanese and Korean delegations and the IAEA.
Since the FNCA was established in 2000, extensive cooperation has been carried out, centering on eight topics, including research reactor applications. China has gained rich experience in nuclear energy and technology application. China is willing to share its successful experience and practices in nuclear medicine, non-destructive testing, agricultural applications, and so on. More Chinese experts and scholars will be encouraged to take part in research activities in these fields within the framework of the FNCA. Like other developing countries, China also faces some economic and technical issues in terms of energy development and environmental improvement that require research and solutions. We sincerely hope to carry out broad exchanges and cooperation with other Asian countries in the field of nuclear energy and technology.
 
(5)  Indonesia
In Indonesia's Medium Term Development Planning 2010-2014, science and technology play an important role in sustainable prosperity and national cultural life. The Ministry of Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia is responsible for a review of S&T policy. It decided to focus on six priority areas. Nuclear Science and Technology (NST) is seen as included in at least four of the areas, i.e., Food and Agriculture, Energy, Health, and Medicine. Act No. 17 passed in 2007 states that the first nulcear power plant shall be available in 2015 2019, premised on strict saftey. Regarding the preparation of NPP national regulations, the Nuclear Energy regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) has embarked on a comprehensive program to develop all the necessary infrastructure, including the development of the necessary human resources, particularly in activities related to licensing and inspection of NPPs. The Government of Indonesia awarded an Agriculture Innovation Award in 2009 to the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) for inventions in irradiation induced mutation breeding successfully carried out since 1982. As for radioisotope production, a technetium generator using low enriched uranium has also been succesfully developed. Human resources development is still a general problem among all the FNCA member countries, so HR development projects should be given first priority among FNCA projects. Regarding the ANSN (Asean Nuclear Safety Network), all FNCA member states should use the formal association that is already available.


Dr. Hudi HASTOWO (Indonesia)
Chairman, National Nuclear Energy Agency

Dr. Shunsuke KONDO (Japan)
Chairman, Japan Atomic Energy Commission

(6)  Japan
There are 53 commercial nuclear power plants with a combined capacity of 48 GWe in operation in Japan. They supply about 26% of the nation's electricity and 10% of its primary energy. In the future, we expect continued expansion of electricity generating capacity because 3 units are under construction and 3 more are under licensing review. Electric power companies have announced that they will start operation of another 9 units within 10 years or so. In parallel, they are promoting the utilization of MOX fuel. Research and development of fast reactors and related fuel cycles is being promoted as a major long-term project, aiming for commercialization in about 2050. As for other uses of radiation, Japan has constructed and operates various radiation facilities, including TIARA, the HIMAC next-generation heavy ion accelerator facility, the RI (radioisotope) Beam Factory, and J-PARC, for diverse users. In the field of nuclear security, Japan follows the IAEA's standards on "The Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities" (INFCIRC/225/Rev.4). Furthermore, Japan has initiated projects to improve nuclear security, mainly in the Asian region, through contributions such as those to the IAEA Nuclear Security Fund. Japan hopes to continue hosting IAEA seminars and so on. Japan plans to expand its assistance to countries planning to adopt nuclear power generation by supporting their infrastructure development and so on.
 
(7)  Korea
I believe the FNCA is an important framework for the promotion of nuclear capacity in our region and expect it to continue in this role in the future. Korea is dedicated to actively contributing and taking part in international collaborative efforts. It is my firm belief that the development of human resources is a key factor for success in the introduction of nuclear energy programs in any country. The assistance of the international community can play a critical role in this success. Korea has already begun efforts to provide assistance to newcomers to the nuclear community in terms of developing nuclear energy experts and knowledge management through programs such as mentoring for newcomers, the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT), the International Nuclear Safety School (INSS), and the International Nuclear Safety Master's Program. It is worth noting that Korea plans to make special contributions to the IAEA beginning next year, supporting training programs for new members of the nuclear community. The Korean government has declared a strong commitment to green growth to establish a cycle that takes both economic growth and environmental well-being into account. In this context, the government plans to continue adding nuclear energy facilities until 2030. Currently, we have 20 nuclear power plants that provide 36% of the total electricity consumed in Korea. Our plan is to bring this up to 59% by the end of 2030. This year, Korea successfully hosted the International Nuclear Regulator's Association (INRA). Last August, a Top Regulators' Meeting (TRM) was held in Seoul. Korea is also diligently pursuing research on the medical application of radiation and radioisotopes. As part of this effort, Korea established seven Cyclotron Regional Centers nationwide. Korea hosted the 2nd Asian Congress on Radiation Research (ACRR 2009). I am delighted to note that this year marks the FNCA's 10th year. I believe that the FNCA has played a significant role in promoting nuclear energy generation capacity in the Asian region.


Mr. LEE Sang-Mok (Korea)
Deputy Minister for Science and Technology Policy
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

DATUK SERI Dr. Maximus J. ONGKILI (Malaysia)
Federal Minister
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

(8)  Malaysia
Energy supply in Malaysia is based on the Five-Fuel Diversification Policy formulated in 2000. The five fuel sources are oil, hydropower, natural gas, coal, and renewable energy. In 2008, 64% of the Malay Peninsula's electricity came from natural gas, 29% from coal, 7% from hydropower, less than 1% from renewable energy, and none from oil. According to recent studies, Malaysia is expected to change from a net energy exporter to a net importer beginning in 2020. In June 2009, the government decided on nuclear energy as a fuel option beyond 2020. Malaysia is beginning a comprehensive review of national institutional, infrastructural, and other relevant requirements for the implementation of a nuclear power program. This review is being conducted through a national interagency framework, which is effectively serving as a Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO) consistent with established recommendations by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Malaysia is also developing a National Human Capital Development (HCD) Roadmap to support the possible development of a national nuclear power program. In addition, Malaysia is reviewing existing nuclear laws and regulations, with the aim of developing a comprehensive nuclear regulatory infrastructure. Of immediate importance is the need to ensure public acceptance of nuclear energy. Malaysia proposes that the following matters be considered for future activities of the FNCA.
a) Establish an FNCA Business Forum among relevant industrial and business organizations to complement existing intergovernmental cooperation;
b) Strongly support initiatives on collaboration among FNCA countries in the area of nuclear power program development;
c) Strengthen public awareness and information dissemination on nuclear energy through existing FNCA projects;
d) Study and develop a regional multilateral approach to the nuclear fuel cycle and relevant support infrastructure among FNCA countries;
e) Fine-tune the Human Capital Development (HCD) program under the Asian Nuclear Training and Education Program (ANTEP);
f) Consider the fusion of nuclear technology and biotechnology in future FNCA collaboration;
g) Encourage FNCA countries to actively participate in FNCA projects.
 
(9)  The Philippines
According to the Presidential Coordinating Council for Research and Development (PCCRD), R&D priorities relevant to nuclear technology are implicit in areas such as health, agriculture, the environment, and natural resources. The nation's energy policy reflects a commitment to pursue energy independence with the twin objectives of 1) sustainable 60% self-sufficiency by 2010 and 2) a globally competitive energy sector. Nuclear power as an alternative power source was once projected to enter the Philippine power mix by 1985, with the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) to perform core loading in that year. In 1986, however, the new government decided not to operate the plant and placed it in long-term preservation. As we have previously reported, there is interest in reopening the BNPP due to the volatile and soaring price of coal, which fuels 50% of the base load power plants in the nation's main grid. This interest is also fueled by global concern about climate change. A bill for the rehabilitation, commissioning, and operation of the BNPP is pending in the Philippine Congress. A comprehensive nuclear law creating a separate nuclear regulatory body is still under consideration by the lower house of Congress. Within the framework of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) and the National Power Corporation (NPC), KEPCO has completed a feasibility study on the rehabilitation of the BNPP. Under the 1998 2035 Philippine Energy Plan, total capacity from nuclear power was to reach 2,400 MW, with four plants established by the end of 2035.
Progress on application of nuclear science and technology in the priority areas of agriculture, health, earth and marine sciences, materials science, manufacturing and process engineering, and the environment is progressing. Within the framework of the FNCA, the feasibility of using radiation processing for sterilization of carriers of BIO-N, a microbial-based fertilizer was established through the Biofertilizer Project. In the environment field, isotopic techniques are currently being used to assess contamination of ground water, etc.


Dr. Estrella F. ALABASTRO (The Philippines)
Secretary (Minister)
Department of Science and Technology

Dr. Suchinda CHOTIPANICH (Thailand)
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Science and Technology

(10)  Thailand
As an Asian country considering launching a nuclear power program, Thailand recently reinvigorated its longstanding policy of promoting peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In its power development plan, the Thai government is making headway to fulfill its goal of building the country's first two nuclear power plants in the years 2020 and 2021. The plants will deliver a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts. The Thai Cabinet endorsed the creation of the Nuclear Power Program Development Office (NPPDO) under the Ministry of Energy. The NPPDO acts as the coordinating body for the implementation of the Nuclear Power Infrastructure Establishment Plan to ensure comprehensive preparations for nuclear energy. The NPPDO will coordinate with other Thai agencies responsible for appropriate technology selection, safety, nuclear waste disposal issues, regulatory infrastructure, legal frameworks, and human resources. In addition, Thailand has initiated a feasibility study for the nuclear power plant projects, with completion set for May 2010. Thailand recognizes the FNCA's role in promoting the introduction of nuclear power programs in FNCA member countries for energy security and control of global warming. Thailand wants to support close cooperation between the FNCA and the Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN) in order to develop the regional nuclear safety network. Thailand has long utilized radiation application in various sectors. Finally, I wish to say that cooperation among FNCA countries is an important mechanism for promotion of the utilization of nuclear technology in the region.
 
(11)  Vietnam
Regarding nuclear power development, Vietnam has been addressing all issues necessary for a long-term development program. In this context, , on November 25 the National Assembly officially approved with the agreement of 77.48% of deputies a resolution on the construction of the first nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan province. Construction of the first unit is to begin in 2014, with operation beginning in 2020. We must actively prepare national infrastructure in accordance with 19 items of guidance from the IAEA, including improving the nuclear legislative and regulatory framework, human resource development, and enhancing research and development capability. A week ago, an IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission came to Vietnam to evaluate the status of the national nuclear infrastructure. The INIR experts had a good impression and high appreciation of our efforts to build up national infrastructure for nuclear power. With regard to the CDM, our proposal is that the international community should set up a joint coordinating organization on climate change and establish a special assistance program for developing and underdeveloped countries that will be badly hit by climate change and sea level rise.
Promotion of the utilization of radiation and radioisotopes is another important area of nuclear energy in Vietnam. In 2009, three centers for PET/cyclotron were built and put into operation. Radiation mutation techniques for the creation of new plant varieties have been applied in Vietnam for a long time. Several new rice, soybean, and tomato varieties have been created. Radiation technology has become a branch of industry with some industrial-scale irradiation centers in the country.


Dr. VUONG Huu Tan (Vietnam)
President
Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute

Scene at the meeting
 
 

Session III: Reports on FNCA Activities

The following three items were reported as FNCA activities in 2009.

1.  Project Activities
Dr. Sueo MACHI, FNCA Coordinator for Japan, presented the 2009 progress report and annual plans of the 11 individual FNCA projects in eight fields. The eight fields were Research Reactor Utilization, Application for Agriculture, Application for Medical Care, Industrial Application, Radiation Safety and Radioactive Waste Management, Public Information, Nuclear Safety Culture, and Human Resources Development.
The 2009 annual plans and the schedule for FNCA meetings in 2010 were unanimously endorsed by the Ministerial Level Meeting.
 
2.  Study Panel on Infrastructure Development for Nuclear Power
Mr. Takahiko ITO, Chairperson of the 1st Meeting of the 3rd Phase Study Panel and Commissioner of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), then reported on the study panel meeting. At the meeting, members discussed things that cannot be learned from textbooks or seminars, such as the practical successes and failures of countries that had already adopted nuclear power plants. This exchange of opinions was meaningful.
 
3.  Case Studies for Nuclear Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Dr. Takeshi YOKOO, Deputy Director of the Office of Atomic Energy Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan, reported on the results of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Case Studies that have been performed since April 2009. They involved Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, with preconditions properly set according to each country's situation. Quantity of CO2 reduction and economy efficiency were evaluated under the assumption that each nation would build a 1,000,000 kW nuclear power plant. The results of the case studies suggest that nuclear power can be fully eligible for the CDM Project in terms of positive greenhouse gas emission reduction and financial return. They also suggest that the CDM could contribute to the economy, depending on the price of carbon credits. It was noted that including nuclear power generation in "credit mechanisms" (including the CDM) designed to promote international collaboration to achieve emission reduction would be effective. Each country should work toward its implementation in meetings under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other international negotiations.


Dr. Sueo MACHI
FNCA Coordinator of Japan
 

Mr. Takahiko ITO
Commissioner
Japan Atomic Energy Commission

Dr. Takeshi YOKOO
Deputy Director
Office of Atomic Energy Policy, Cabinet Office

Session IV: Round Table Discussion on the Cooperation for Further Promotion of Nuclear Energy Use in FNCA Countries

The opening speech was delivered by Dr. Shunsuke KONDO, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan. The following two proposals were raised.

1.  FNCA member countries should work together to strengthen cooperation on the development or enhancement of infrastructure to ensure nuclear safety, security, and non-proliferation. This should include the development of relevant human resources and technical bases and the sharing of knowledge concerning countermeasures against earthquakes, tsunamis, and other disasters peculiar to the Asian region. A "Study Panel on Approaches toward Infrastructure Development for Nuclear Power" should be facilitated in this regard.
 
2.  Based on the results of CDM case studies, nuclear power should be included in crediting mechanisms under the UNFCCC. FNCA member countries should cooperate with each other in preparation for discussions to be held in each country and in the international community.

The meeting agreed to hold discussions at the 11th Coordinators Meeting in March 2010 on sharing knowledge concerning countermeasures against earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and other disasters and on enhancing FNCA's activities by capitalizing on each country's strengths. Regarding the inclusion of nuclear power in "credit mechanisms" (including the CDM), the meeting agreed that each country should prepare cooperatively for both domestic (in the government environmental sector) and international discussions.

Session V: Round Table Discussion on Cooperation for the Further Promotion of Radiation and Isotope Application in FNCA Countries

An opening speech was delivered by Dr. Sueo MACHI of Japan He proposed government hosting and funding of new FNCA activities by member countries, experience sharing in designing new reactors for 99Mo supply and semi-conductor production among member countries, the strengthening of human resources development for the adoption of nuclear power, and setting up a commercialization forum for nuclear technologies, especially in agricultural and industrial fields.
As result of discussion, the following were suggested: 1) cooperation in the practical use of research reactors for isotope supply and semiconductor production for medical care in the most appropriate ways through networking by the member countries, 2) promotion of international sharing of large-scale facilities, 3) holding a forum on commercialization (suggested by the Philippines) to share information and experience regarding promotion of the practical use of nuclear technologies developed in the FNCA, and 4) a business forum (suggested by Malaysia) co-organized by related organizations and companies. China suggested holding a seminar to coincide with a 60 MW research reactor under construction that would become critical next year, and described a supply plan for cobalt-60 produced at the CANDU reactor in Qinshan.

Session VI: Discussion of the Resolution and the Meeting Summary

Mr. KAJITA proposed the draft resolution and meeting summary for the 10th FNCA ministerial level meeting. After discussion, the resolution was adopted with all ten member countries to take action on seven items regarding general matters and two items regarding non-nuclear power generation. Nine countries (not including Australia) are to take action on the remaining two items (the 8th and 9th) on the nuclear power generation. The meeting summary was approved and adopted.

Session VII: Closing Session, Press Conference

The Closing Session was chaired by Dr. VUONG Huu Tan, President of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VAEI). The body confirmed the resolution and the meeting summary adopted in Session VI. Mr. Qiufa CHEN, Chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) offered remarks concerning hosting the 11th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting in November or December of 2010 and encouraging active participation by member countries. Closing remarks were then delivered by Dr. Shunsuke KONDO, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan. Following this, a Question-and-Answer Session with the press was conducted.



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