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Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)
18th Ministerial Level Meeting


October 11, 2017
Astana, Kazakhstan

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The 18th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting (MLM) was held at Radisson Hotel, Astana, Kazakhstan on October 11, 2017. The meeting was organized by the Cabinet Office of Japan (CAO), the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Ministerial level representatives (including one minister, one vice minister, directors of the nuclear administrative agencies, etc.) from eleven member countries (Republic of Korea was absent) attendedthe meeting and held policy discussions under the theme "Application of Nuclear Science and Technology for Protection of Environment". The meeting concluded with the adoption of a joint communique mentioningactions to take such as "themes and activities to be promoted" and "assistance and cooperation for addressing issues of protection of environment" .The meeting was covered by as many astenKazakhstan's domestic media corporations including TV stations, which shows Kazakhstan's strong interest in FNCA activities. (Program)(Participants List)

Mr Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy
Mr Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy
Mr Bozumbayev (left) and Dr Oka (right)
Mr Bozumbayev (left) and Dr Oka (right)

(1) Welcome Remarks
Mr Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Dr Yoshiaki Oka, Chairman of JAEC, delivered the welcome remarks, respectively. Mr Bozumbayev expressed his country's intention to continuously promote their active international contribution to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, giving such examples as the EXPO2017 Astana, the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bankwhich was inauguratedin August, 2017, etc. Dr. Oka referred tothe FNCA's remarkable achievements in all important areas concerning the peaceful use of nuclear energy since its foundation in 2000. He also mentioned that Japan would make further contributions, etc. to enhancing nuclear safety through the sharing of valuable lessons learned from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi NPP Accident with the international society.

(2) Keynote Speech
Prof Erlan Batyrbekov, Director General of National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan, introduced their efforts for nuclear technology applications for environmental protectionin Kazakhstan. Mr. Galymzhan Pirmatov, Chairman of the Management Board of NAC Kazatomprom JSC,described the operation and purpose of the IAEA LEU Bank established in Kazakhstan under the agreement with the IAEA.

He emphasized the importance of the IAEA LEU Bank, mentioning that the member states of the IAEA are eligible to procureLEU from the bank and that securing a stable LEU supply system would significantly contribute to non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Prof Batyrbekov, DG of the NNC

Prof Batyrbekov, DG of the NNC

(3) Country Reports
Representatives of the FNCA member countries gave presentations about the progress in nuclear energy policies and initiatives in their respective countries under the theme "Applications of Nuclear Science and Technologyfor Protection of Environment", etc. Mr Hideo Shindo, Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation of CAO, introducedthe "Basic Policy for Nuclear Energy", which was drawn up for the first time in twelve years since 2005 when the "Framework for Nuclear Energy Policy" was approved by the cabinet. He also explainedefforts for environmental improvementin Japanafter the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi NPP Accident.

(4) Roundtable Discussions
Discussions were made under the theme "Applications of Nuclear Science and Technologyfor Protection of Environment." In considering various problems that each country is facing as can be seen in the country reports, leading speeches on "land contamination", "air pollution" and "climate change" were given respectively from Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and Australia. Furthermore, to address those challenges, acknowledging effectiveness of both FNCA project activities and cooperation with international organizations, the member countriesagreed to include an article, related to further enhancement of cooperation, to the joint communique.

(5) Introduction of FNCA Awards
FNCA awards were introduced for the first time. For this year, one country was selected for the "Best Research Team of the Year" while four others for the "Excellent Research Team of the Year". It was agreed that the FNCA would encourage future project activities, and the results would be shared among the member countries. The "Best Research Team of the Year" was awarded to Australia's "Research Reactor Network" teamwhile the "Excellent Research Teams of the Year" were awarded toBangladesh's "Radiation Oncology" team, Malaysia's "Mutation Breeding" team and "Human Resources Development" team, and the Philippines' "Electron Accelerator Application" team, respectively. The fact that this year's awards all went to the projects covering medicine, industry, and agriculture shows that nuclear technologies are applied to various fields and essential to our modern life.

Mr Druce, Project Leader of Research Reactor Network for Australia
at Award Ceremony
Mr Druce, Project Leader of Research Reactor Network for Australia at Award Ceremony

(6) Reports on the FNCA Management and Activities
Mr Tomoaki Wada, FNCA Coordinator of Japan, gave a presentation on the "Overview and Progressof FNCA Projects", followed by a presentationbythe FNCA SOM secretariat regarding the "Study Panel Activities". The secretariat also gave a presentation about the final draft of "FNCA Terms of Reference", which was approved and confirmed by the ministerial level members, and officially adopted.

Summary of the Joint Communique (Full Text (PDF206KB))

  • Further accelerating FNCA's activities related to the application of nuclear science and technology, actively endorsing the existing projects such as "Mutation Breeding", "Radiation Oncology" and "Research on Climate Change", and also possible future projects such as nuclear safety and security culture which will lead to sustainable development in each member country.
  • Continuing to promote cooperation with relevant international organizations, including the IAEA and the OECD/NEA, particularly in the field of legal frameworks.
  • Initiating mechanisms which include upgrading the FNCA website in an effort to enhance its knowledge-sharing and public relations function.
  • Encouraging member countries to strengthen cooperation for addressing issues covered during the Roundtable Discussion with a focus on the protection of environment, such as harmonizing related regulations, and through cooperative arrangements with the on-going activities or the ones newly set up on demand in the future. Also encouraging the member countries to promote technologies tackling with environment pollution directly, in addition to the technology of monitoring



18th Ministerial Level Meeting


Program of the 18th FNCA Ministerial Meeting (MM)
October 11, 2017
Astana, Kazakhstan


Date : October 11, 2017 (Wednesday)
Place : Radisson Hotel Astana
Organized by : Ministry of Energy of Republic of Kazakhstan
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan (CAO)
Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC)
Working Language : English

Tuesday, October10
Preparatory Meeting for the 18th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting by the SOM Members


13:30-13:45 Presentation by International Science and Technology (ISTC)
  -  Mr David Cleave, Executive Director, ISTC
14:00-14:10 Session I, Opening Session (10 min.)
 
    

Chair:

Mr Hideo SHINDO, Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office (Japan),
     1) Opening Remarks
2) Self-Introduction of Participants
3) Confirmation of MLM Agenda and SOM Agenda
14:10-15:00

Session II, Preliminary Discussion on Roundtable Theme (50 min.)

 
    

Chair:

Mr Hideo SHINDO, Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office (Japan),
     Application of Nuclear Science and Technology for Protection of Environment (50 min.)
15:00-15:20 <Coffee Break> (20min.)
15:20-16:05 Session III, Preliminary Discussion on the Joint Communique of the 18th Ministerial Level Meeting (45 min.)
 
    

Chair:

Mr Hideo SHINDO, Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office (Japan),
16:05-16:25 Session IV, Preliminary Discussion on Amendment to the TOR and FNCA Award Winner Selection Rules, and Renaming of the Awards (20 min.)
 
    

Chair:

Mr Hideo SHINDO, Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office (Japan),
16:25-16:40 Session V, Closing Session (15min.)
 
    

Chair:

Mr Hideo SHINDO, Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office (Japan),
     1) The 19th Coordinators Meeting
2) The 2018 Study Panel
3) Closing Remarks
18:30- 20:30 <Welcome Reception hosted by Minister Bozumbayev>
Wednesday, October 11
The 18th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting (MLM)

09:00-09:25 Session I, Opening Session (10 min.) <Open to Press>
 
    

Chair:

Mr. Kanat BOZUMBAYEV, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
     1) Opening & Welcome Remarks by Representative of Kazakhstan (10min)
  -  Mr Kanat BOZUMBAYEV, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
2) Remarks by representative of Japan (5min)
  -  Dr Yoshiaki OKA ,Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission
3) Self-introduction (10 min.)
09:25-09:35 Commemorative Photo (10min.) <Open to Press>
09:35-10:00 Session II, Keynote Speech & Questions (25min) <Open to Press>
 
    

Chair:

Australia
     1) Prof. Erlan Batyrbekov, Director-General of National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  -  "Nuclear Science and Technologies Application for Environmental Protection"
2) Mr. Galymzhan PIRMATOV, Chairman of the Management Board, NAC Kazatomprom JSC, Kazakhstan
  -  "Establishment of the International Low-enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan"
10:00-11:00 Session III, Country Reports I <10min×5MCs+Q&A 10min > (60min.)
 
    

Chair:

China
     1. Australia, 2. Bangladesh, 3. China, 4. Indonesia, 5. Japan
11:00-11:20 Coffee Break (20min)
11:20-12:30 Session IV, Country Reports II <10min x 6MCs + Q&A 10min > (70min)
 
    

Chair:

Malaysia
     1. Kazakhstan, 2. Malaysia, 3. Mongolia, 4. Philippines, 5. Thailand, 6. Vietnam
12:35-14:20 Luncheon hosted by Ministry of Energy of Republic of Kazakhstan
14:20-15:30 Session V: Roundtable Discussion (70 min)
 
    

Chair:

Japan
     Theme: "Application of Nuclear Science and Technology for Protection of Environment"
1) Lead Speech (30 min.)
  -  "Land Contamination", Dr. Sergei LUKASCHENKO, Deputy Director , National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  -  "Air Pollution", Dr Lucille V. ABAD, Supervising Science Research Specialist, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)
  -  "Climate Change", Mr Steven McINTOSH, Senior Manager, ANSTO, Australia
2) Discussion (40 min.)
15:30-16:00 Session VI: The FNCA Award Ceremony (30 min)
 
    

Chair:

Mongolia
    1) Profile of Winning Teams
2) Award Presentation
  -  Presenter: Dr. Yoshiaki OKA, Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission
3) Speech by representative of the Best Research Team Award winners
  -  Mr Michael DRUCE, Principal Technical Officer, ANSTO, Australia
16:00-16:20 Coffee Break (20min)
16:20-16:40 Session VII: Discussion on the Joint Communique of the Ministerial Level Meeting (20 min)
 
     Chair: Philippines
16:40-16:55 Session VIII: Reports of the FNCA Management and Activities (15 min)
 
    

Chair:

Thailand
     1) Projects Activities
  -  Mr. Tomoaki WADA, FNCA Coordinator of Japan
2) Study Panel Activities
3) Adoption of FNCA Terms of Reference
  -  Mr. Hideo SHINDO, Deputy Director General, Cabinet Office (Japan)
16:55-17:00 Session IX: Closing (5 min)
 
    

Chair:

Bangladesh
     1) The 19th FNCA Coordinators Meeting
2) The 2018 Study Panel
3) The 19th FNCA MLM
  -  Mr. Hideo SHINDO, Deputy Director General, Cabinet Office (Japan)
4) Closing Remarks
  -  Mr. Kanat BOZUMBAYEV, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan


18th Ministerial Level Meeting


List of the Participants in the 18th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting (MLM)

Australia

Mr Steven McINTOSH
Senior Manager,
Government and International Affairs,
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Mr Mark ALEXANDER
International Affairs Manager,
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Mr Michael DRUCE
Principal Technical Officer,
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Bangladesh
Dr Dilip Kumar SAHA
Chairman,
Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC)
China
Mr LONG Maoxiong
Deputy Secretary General,
China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA)
Indonesia

Dr Hendig WINARNO
Deputy Chairman of BATAN for Nuclear Technology Utilization,
National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN)

Mr Sutrasno
Head of Technical Cooperation Division,
Bureau for Legal, Public Relation and Cooperation,
National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN)

Kazakhstan

Mr Kanat BOZUMBAYEV
Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Mr BakhytzhanJAXALIYEV
Vice-Minister of Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Prof Erlan BATYRBEKOV
Director General,
National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Dr Sergey LUKASHENKO
Deputy Director,
National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NNC RK)

Mr Galymzhan PIRMATOV
Chairman of the Management Board,
NAC Kazatomprom JSC

Dr Baurzhan IBRAYEV
Chief Director for Production,
NAC Kazatomprom JSC

Mr Batyrzhan KARAKOZOV
Department for Atomic and Energy Projects Development,
Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Dr Maira MUKUSHEVA
Director of Division in Astana,
National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NNC RK)

Ms Rysken MUKHAMETZHAROVA
Deputy Director,
Department of Atomic Energy and Industry,
Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Mr Gani MADI
Head of Atomic Energy Division,
Department of Atomic Energy and Industry,
Ministry of Energy of the Republic

Ms G. ZHUBANAZAROVA
Head of Atomic Energy Projects Development Division,
Department of Atomic Energy and Industry,
Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Ms Natalya ZHDANOVA
Executive Director,
Association “Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan", NNC Secretariat

Malaysia

Dr. Dahlan Bin HJ MOHD
Deputy Director General (R&D),
Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuclear Malaysia)

Dr Abdul Muin Bin ABDUL RAHMAN
Deputy Director General (Tecnical),
Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuclear Malaysia)

Mongolia

Mr MANLAIJAV Gunaajav
Secretary of the Nuclear Energy Commission and Head of the Executive Office,
Executive Office of the Nuclear Energy Commission (NEC) of the Government of Mongolia

Mr CHADRAABAL Mavag
Head,
Nuclear Technology Department,
Executive Office,
Nuclear Energy Commission of the Government of Mongolia (NEC)

The Philippines

Dr Carlo A. ARCILLA
Director,
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)

Dr Lucille V. ABAD
Supervising Science Research Specialist,
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)

Thailand

Dr Pornthep NISAMANEEPHONG
Executive Director,
Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (Public Organization)

Ms Kanchalika DECHATES
Head of International Cooperation Section,
Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (Public Organization))

Vietnam

Ms HA Thi Lam Hong
Deputy Director General,
Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Dr TRAN Ngoc Toan
Vice President,
Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM)

Ms NGUYEN Mai Trinh
Officer,
Department of International Cooperations,
Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM)

The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC)

Mr David CLEAVE
Executive Director
The International Science and Technology Center

Mr Akira NAKANISHI
The International Science and Technology Center

Japan

Dr Yoshiaki OKA
Chairman,
Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC)

Mr Hideo SHINDO
Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation
Cabinet Office, Japan (CAO)

Mr Hideo KAWABUCHI
Counsellor for Atomic Energy,
Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC)

Mr Koichi YOSHIDA
Senior Researcher,
Office of Atomic Energy Policy,
Secretariat of the Atomic Energy Commission,
Cabinet Office (CAO), Japan

Dr Yuichi MICHIKAWA
Deputy Director,
International Nuclear and Fusion Affairs Division,
Research and Development Bureau,
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Mr Shoji KASUGA
Researcher,
International Nuclear Cooperation Division,
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Mr Tomoaki WADA
FNCA Coordinator of Japan

Dr Hideki NAMBA
FNCA Advisor of Japan



18th Ministerial Level Meeting


Country Report by FNCA participating countries
October 11, 2017
Astana, Kazakhstan

Australia (PDF2.8MB)
Bangladesh (PDF2.2MB)
China (PDF638KB)
Indonesia (PDF2.2MB)
Japan (PDF1.5MB)
Kazakhstan (PDF3.3MB)
Malaysia (PDF1.2MB)
Mongolia (PDF3.0MB)
The Philippines (PDF4.5MB)
Thailand (PDF625KB)
Vietnam (PDF643KB)