FNCA Workshop

Title
Workshop on Nuclear Security and Safeguards Project of Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)
Date
February 22 - 24, 2012
Location
Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) in Tokai, and Hotel Terrace the Garden Mito in Mito
Number of Participants
27

Review

The ISCN held the Workshop on Nuclear Security and Safeguards Project of Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA) with the aim of constructing understanding among member states and sharing information on human resource development that contributes to strengthening capabilities of nuclear security and safeguards.

The FNCA is an international cooperation framework of Asian countries for peaceful use of nuclear technologies. Japan’s main promoters are the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This February 2012 workshop is the first to be held following the organization of the nuclear security and safeguards project within FNCA in JFY2011. Ensuring nuclear safety as well as nuclear security and safeguards is becoming all the more important as the introduction of nuclear power is planned in more Asian countries.

Among 12 member states of FNCA, participants from 11 countries, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan attended the workshop. Japan’s presentations highlighted the importance of nuclear security and safeguards in peaceful use of nuclear energy and other participating countries shared their experience and knowledge. After discussion and exchange of information, they agreed that infrastructure development for strengthening nuclear security and safeguards should include cooperation within the FNCA countries as well as effective collaboration with other related international frameworks.