6th FNCA Meeting
Ministerial Levels of nine FNCA countries agreed on basic concept of
|| The FNCA Ministerial Meeting was held on December 1, 2005 in Tokyo,
at which the ministerial levels for science and technology in nine FNCA
member countries get together once a year. At this sixth meeting, two topics,
namely "Human Resources Development (HRD) in Asia" and "Science
& Technology and Nuclear Energy" were placed on the agenda of
Round Table discussion. During the discussion, all the delegates agreed
to undertake establishment of HRD network for making effective use of existing
educational and training resources. They also recognized the importance
of obtaining the public understanding of nuclear energy development drawing
upon the Japanese experience. Their views on the related experiences and
proposals were made actively
| The participants were representatives from FNCA nine countries: Australia,
China, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines,
Thailand, and Viet Nam. Besides them, Bangladesh participated in the meeting
for the first time as an observer. From Japan, H. E. Mr. Iwao Matsuda,
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy of Japan served as
head of the delegate, and Professor Shunsuke Kondo, Chairman of the Atomic
Energy Commission (AEC) of Japan served as general chairmanship for whole
proceeding. From the AEC, Dr. Sueo Machi who serves as FNCA Coordinator
of Japan took part in the meeting as well as Dr. Saito, Deputy Chairman
of AEC and Mr. Maeda, Commissioner.
|At the Opening Session, Bangladesh was recognized as observer and the Minister
presented at the meeting. H. E. Mr. Iwao, Minister of State of Japan expressed
his anticipation to further progress of radiation uses and emphasized the
importance of role of nuclear energy on prerequisite of nuclear safety
assurance and nuclear non-proliferation pledge. He pointed out the necessity
of the maintenance and strengthening of the nuclear non-proliferation regime
and urged non-signatory countries of the Additional Protocol to join it
At the Round Table discussion of the Session 3, "Human Resources
Development (HRD) in Asia" and "Science & Technology and
Nuclear Energy" were placed on the agenda for political dialogues
by national representatives. Outline of the discussion was as follows.
"HRD in Asia"
Progress of deliberating the concepts of an Asian Nuclear University
(ANU) at the HRD workshop and Senior Officials Meeting was reported at
the meeting. According to the report, ANU which was proposed by Viet Nam
at the previous meeting was rephrased as Asian Nuclear Training and Education
Program (ANTEP) to enhance organically linked network for making effective
use of existing HRD resources in the field of nuclear energy in all FNCA
countries. Responding to this report, the meeting accepted the basic concept,
the future concrete steps and schedule proposed, and agreed to make further
commitment and participation. Under the plan, FNCA Coordinators were requested
to submit their report about contributions and needs of each country to
the Secretariat by the end of January 2006, which should be discussed to
clarify the concrete procedure at the Coordinators Meeting scheduled for
March. The next Ministerial Level Meeting expected to receive the report.
"Science & Technology and Nuclear Energy"
At the outset, H. E. Mr. Matsuda of Japan gave the lead-off speech,
which received high appraisals due to his insight and forward-looking approach.
Triggering the Japanese experience for obtaining the public understanding
toward nuclear power, the participants indicated several proposals and
experiences with their keen interest. In conclusion, H. E. Mr. Matsuda
mentioned the importance of dialogues among ministers for science and technology
policy in Asia, and several ministers concurred to this thought.
In Closing Session, the meeting summary was wrapped up and the seventh
meeting was reconfirmed to be held in Malaysia.
The 6th Ministerial Level Meeting program
List of participants in the Meeting
The Meeting Summary