A seminar on Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Nonproliferation will be held at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka from 04-05 June 2014. The seminar is being jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology, with the support of the Government of Japan.
The Seminar will be inaugurated by the Foreign Minister Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP. The State Minister for Science and Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman will also remain present.
A total of 40 participants from Bangladesh will attend the Seminar.
The Seminar will focus on nuclear safety and security in light of Japan’s experience of dealing with the aftermath of the accident in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2012. Such exposure would be invaluable for Bangladesh as it invests in enhancing its national capacity for ensuring nuclear safety and security in the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in cooperation with the Russian Federation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Seminar will also facilitate exchange of knowledge and information on nuclear non-proliferation that both Bangladesh and Japan actively promote in the UN and other relevant international fora.
During the recently concluded visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Japan from 26-29 May 2014, the Prime Ministers of the two countries reaffirmed the importance of cooperation in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy as a stable source of energy supply that can be key to Bangladesh’s economic development. In this regard, the Bangladesh Prime Minister sought Japan’s further cooperation for capacity building in nuclear safety and security. As a first step in that direction, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the holding of the forthcoming Seminar in Dhaka.
The Seminar in Dhaka is expected to set the ground for further cooperation and follow up action between Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). It will also be a precursor for more such cooperation with other major nuclear energy generating countries.