From July 12 – 14, 2016, ISCN co-hosted Seminar on Additional Protocol and Commodity Identification Training (AP-CIT) in Myanmar with DAE and DOE in Nay Pyi Daw. The seminar was intended to assist Maynmar in establishing the structure necessary for the implementation of Additional Protocol (AP), as well as to provide a training in commodity identification of weapon of mass destruction (WMD). The total of 92 participants attended the seminar, including, from the Myanmar side, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, members of Parliament, Director General of DAE, directors/ high-rank officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; President’s Office; Ministry of Industry; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation; Ministry of Defense; and Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as Deputy Director-General of MOFA of Japan; Director of Security Export Control Policy Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI; and staff from ISCN, DOE/NNSA and U.S. national laboratories.
With the distinguished participants present, the first part of the seminar focused upon informing the importance of and raising awareness toward AP implementation. The second part, on the other hand, was for stakeholders in the area of nuclear/radioactive use, industry, resources, and export control. The participants were informed of actual procedures toward AP implementation including detailed lectures on nuclear-related technologies listed in the AP Annex II. In addition, the importance of export control including that on commodity was stressed, in order to assist in structural development toward enhanced export control.
Up until this seminar, ISCN’s relationship with Myanmar was limited to co-attendance to conferences such as ASEAN, APSN and disarmament and nonproliferation conference hosted by MOFA. The seminar took place with the support from MOFA who wished to promote AP ratification to Myanmar as well as METI who wished to strengthen the country’s export control. The ministries’ objectives were well-delivered, and it was a fruitful seminar for Myanmar.