THE Philippines will host the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) Conference on the prospects of nuclear power in the Asia-Pacific region from 30 August to 1 September 2016 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.
The event will be spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) as host agency.
As part of its commitment to explore all alternative energy resources to ensure supply security and stability, the DOE, together with Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) and the National Power Corporation (Napocor), member-states in the Asia-Pacific region will gather to discuss common issues and challenges related to the introduction of a nuclear power program.
Topics to be tackled at the conference include fostering international cooperation in nuclear programs, global status and prospects, legal frameworks, atomic waste management, funding and financing, human resource development and capacity building, social communication for public understanding and even environmental considerations.
A total of 18 IAEA member-states will participate in the conference: Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Viet Nam and the Republic of the Philippines.
Local participants invited to attend the conference are representatives from the three branches of government (i.e., executive, legislative and judiciary), the academe and scientific community, energy sector participants, professional organizations and non-governmental organizations.
The DOE is mandated is to ensure a reliable, stable, sustainable, secure and reasonably priced energy.