On April 15, 2019 within the scope of the business program of the XI International Forum ATOMEXPO 2019 took place the round table discussion on nuclear infrastructure.
The event was devoted to the topic: “Building Nuclear Infrastructure as a Key Component for the Sustainability of Nuclear Projects”.
Over 150 representatives from 20 countries attended the event. Dr. Mikhail Chudakov, the IAEA’s Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, opened the round table with a welcoming speech. The Round Table moderator was Elina Teplinsky, partner of the American law firm Pillsbury.
The main purpose of the round table was to develop a dialogue between representatives of different countries and international organizations and exchange accumulated experience and best practices in the development of the country's human resources, regulatory framework, as well as improvement of the management system and industry involvement in the implementation of nuclear facilities construction projects.
The following representatives of countries that are developing or planning to develop and improve nuclear power programmes delivered their presentations: Board Chairman of Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) Prof. Dr. Amged El-Wakeel (Egypt); General Director of the General Department for Nuclear Energy of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Dr. Ibrahim Halil Dere (Turkey); President and CEO of Fennovoima M.Sc. Tony Hemminki (Finland), Head of ZAMATOM Dr. Roland Msiska (Zambia); First Deputy Minister of Energy, General Director of the Agency “Uzatom” Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov (Republic of Uzbekistan).
The IAEA experts: David Drury, Head of Knowledge Management in the Department of Nuclear Energy; José Bastos, Technical lead on nuclear power infrastructure for countries embarking in new nuclear power programmes, Nuclear Energy Department; and Senior Project Manager, Greg Kaiser shared competences and experience in the development of nuclear infrastructure.
Between the reports of the round table, participants answered to the interactive survey, in which the majority of them determined that a national human resources development plan should be developed in the first phase of the country's nuclear energy program (based on the IAEA phase approach).
The closing speech of the event was delivered by the representative of the State Atomic Corporation “Rosatom” in Vienna, Senior Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna, Dr. Alexander Bychkov. He noted that the development of nuclear energy in a country requires a systematic approach and makes a significant contribution to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.