7th FNCA Meeting
Report of the Seventh FNCA Senior Officials Meeting
November 25, 2006
||The Seventh Senior Officials Meeting (7th SOM) was held in Kuantan, Pahang , Malaysia , on November 25, 2006 with
the participation of 19 senior officials from 10 FNCA countries, including
Bangladesh as a full member. Major agenda items were:
- Report of the Seventh FNCA Coordinators Meeting (CM) and Progress of FNCA
- Asian Nuclear Training & Education Program (ANTEP) Development and
- Consultation on Round Table Discussion of Ministerial Level Meeting (MM)
Topic 1: Role of Nuclear Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia.
Topic 2: Public Information of Nuclear Energy.
||For agenda item (1), the highlights of FNCA activities and achievements
in FY2006 and future plans 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.
He also reported the conclusion of the 7 th CM, and pointed out the importance
of the following future actions:
- Support for commercialization of PZC-Mo-99 column production facilities
for hospital use of Tc-99m generator; and,
- Support for extension of biofertilizer using radiation sterilization of
carriers in cooperation with Sector of agriculture.
||For agenda item (2), "ANTEP Development and Action Needed" was
reported by Dr. Sueo Machi (attachment-2). Remarkable progress of the projects,
especially for pilot projects based on the matching of needs and programs,
was commended. The Meeting encouraged the earlier implementation of the
ANTEP through bilateral and multilateral coordination.
||For agenda item (3), preliminary presentations and exchange of views on
the two specific topics, namely "Role of Nuclear Energy for Sustainable
Development in Asia " and "Public Information of Nuclear Energy",
for the Ministerial Level Round Table Discussion on November 27, were made.
||For the discussion of the first topic, Dr. Machi presented the report of
the Panel on Role of Nuclear Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia
and introduced points of discussion (attachment-3). In addition, he reported
on a new "Study Panel for cooperation in the field of Nuclear Energy
in Asia," which was proposed by Japan and endorsed by the Panel as
the 2 nd phase of activities (attachment-2). After in-depth discussion,
the following conclusions were adopted:
- The Meeting took note of the Panel report on "Role of Nuclear Energy
for Sustainable Development in Asia ", and supported the conclusion
of the Panel.
- The Meeting endorsed a proposal by the Panel for the FNCA to recommend
that the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC) consider the inclusion of nuclear power as a
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
- The Meeting recommended to the MM that the 2 nd phase of activities be
initiated with the setting up of the Study Panel, and with Japan as the
secretariat of this Study Panel. In the 2 nd phase of the Panel, the following
issues will be studied in depth:
Economic analysis and financing scheme;
Human resources development;
Nuclear safety, security and safeguard system;
Acceptance of nuclear power plants (NPPs) by the public and other stakeholders;
Support Systems (excluding NPP maintenance and low level waste management).
||For the discussion of the second topic, "Public Information of Nuclear
Energy", Mr. Jamal Khaer Ibrahim of Malaysia made the lead-off speech
(attachment-4). After discussion, the Meeting recommended that:
- Critical factors in formulating public information programs for the acceptance
of nuclear power should be considered. The critical factors include transparency,
media communications, education, community development, and value proposition;
- Experiences obtained in the promotion of Public Information of Nuclear
Energy in member countries should be shared.