Meeting Summary of the 13th FNCA Ministerial Meeting
The 13th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting (MM) was held at Le Meridien Jakarta, Indonesia on November 24, 2012, and organized by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and the Cabinet Office of Japan (CAO), and National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Indonesia.
The Meeting was attended by ministerial level representatives (3 ministers, 2 vice ministers, the Directors of the Nuclear Administrative Agencies, and others) from 12 member countries: the Commonwealth of Australia, the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Republic of the Philippines, the Kingdom of Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. (Program) (List of the Participants)
The Hon. Prof. Dr. Gusti Muhammad HATTA, the State Minister for Research and Technology, the Ministry of Research and Technology of Indonesia, delivered the opening welcoming remarks, in which he expressed welcome to all the participants, and emphasized the importance of regional cooperation through FNCA.
The Hon. Mr. Shinkun HAKU, Senior Vice-Minister of Japan, delivered the address as Co-chair in which he mentioned appreciation for joining FNCA MM meeting and introduced the current status Japanese nuclear policy in light of the experience at the TEPCO'S Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (hereafter "the Fukushima accident").
The Hon. Mr. Shinkun HAKU
The Hon. Prof. Dr. Gusti Muhammad HATTA
This was followed by the self-introduction of the Heads of the Delegations participating in the 13th MM and the rendering by Mr. Takashi NAKANO, Chair of the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the SOM Summary Report.
In Sessions II, each of the 12 participating countries delivered their Country Report, focusing on national energy policy, nuclear R&D/nuclear power plan, international cooperation, and expectation to FNCA activities.
It was pointed out that the transparency of information should be essential to better public understanding for nuclear energy.
It was proposed and approved that the country reports were open to public. (Country Report)
In Session III on "Reports of Current Status and Future Plan of the FNCA Activities", Dr. Sueo MACHI, FNCA Coordinator of Japan, reported the current status and future plan of FNCA projects. He highlighted tangible achievements of project in the area of agriculture, human health and infrastructure development including nuclear safety. He also reported the recommendation of 13th Coordinators Meeting on nuclear HRD.
And then, Dr. Akira OMOTO, Commissioner of JAEC, reported the summary of the meeting of "the 4th Study Panel on Infrastructure Development for Nuclear Power" held in Bangkok in July 2012, which covered mostly issues to be reflected on national nuclear infrastructure in the light of the Fukushima accident, but also project financing and risk communication as well, and then recommended future actions to the MM.
In Session IV served as Round Table Discussion on "Role of FNCA", FNCA's significance of existence was discussed and examined, taking note of the situation that many countries have re-examined the energy and nuclear policy after the Fukushima accident. The Hon. Mr. HAKU delivered lead speech, in which he indicated that based on the reports delivered in the sessions 2 and 3, and the discussions, opinions were requested on the points of role of FNCA, necessity of effective operation, new projects, achievements of the Study Panel. In response, the importance of enhancing the social-economic effects, and public information through the activities of FNCA were expressed by many countries. The representatives have shared the recognition that FNCA has been playing an important role as both a promoter and a coordinator of development of various thematic areas in nuclear science and technology including tackling issues such as public relations after the Fukushima accident with regional cooperative ways. The importance of dissemination of FNCA achievement was shared.
In session V, Dr. Shunsuke KONDO, Chairman of JAEC introduced a draft resolution of the 13th FNCA Ministerial Level Meeting and it was adopted (Resolution). The draft of the MM Summary was also confirmed.
In the Closing Session, the closing remark was delivered by the Hon. Prof. Dr. HATTA. After the meeting, press conference was held.