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IFNEC Latin American Nuclear Energy Stakeholders Conference October 25-26 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) held a “Latin American Nuclear Energy Stakeholders Conference,” on 25-26 October 2016, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Conference focused on challenges and opportunities facing countries within Latin America that are either considering or planning to deploy new nuclear electricity generating capacity. 

This Conference provided an opportunity, based on an interactive and dynamic program, for more than 220 participants from a broad array of government and industry stakeholders to come together in order to share information, understand the challenges facing the region with respect to the safe, secure and sustainable use of nuclear energy, and to identify opportunities and solutions to such challenges. 

  • Keynote presentations were provided by the Argentine Minister of Energy and Mining, the Undersecretary of Nuclear Energy from the Ministry of Energy and Mining and the Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, as well as other leading stakeholders from Latin America.
  • The Conference began with presentations of national perspectives on the challenges and opportunities with deploying nuclear energy in Latin American markets from Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay
  • An interactive panel of experts assuming the various stakeholder roles of a nuclear power project (such as vendor, energy planning authority, national utility, etc.) participated in a moderated, hypothetical scenario exercise aimed at grappling with the key challenges and opportunities facing Latin American markets considering or planning to deploy nuclear energy projects.  
  • A session was conducted on issues related to infrastructure development priorities with presentations and panel discussions on topics that include national and regional human capital development, regulatory matters, training and information sharing.
  • The final session of the Conference addressed the important back – end question of how countries can assure that the necessary financial and other key resources will be available in the future to manage the inventory of spent fuel for whatever resolution is chosen.


IFNEC News and Updates
The 2016 Executive Committee and Steering Group Meeting
Posted on Oct 31, 2016

The Government of Argentina served as the host country for the 2016 IFNEC Ministerial meetings. Undersecretary Julian Gadano, of the Ministry of Energy and Mining, hosted and chaired the 2016 Executive Committee meeting held on 27 October.  During the meeting, Steering Group Chair Edward McGinnis  released the jointly sponsored IFNEC/NEA Nuclear Finance Conference proceedings from the 11-12 May  "Nuclear Energy's Role in the 21st Century: Addressing the Challenge of Financing."  A copy of the report can be found at the following link:


The 2016 Joint Statement of the Executive Committee can be found at the following link: https://www.ifnec.org/ifnec/jcms/g_8018/final-of-ifnec-2016-buenos-aires-ec-joint-statement 

The Reliable Nuclear Fuel Services Working Group also released its report "Practical Considerations to
Begin Resolving the Final Spent Fuel Disposal Pathway for Countries with Small Nuclear Programs".
The report can be found at the following link:


IFNEC also held an abbreviated Steering Group Meeting on October 26th to allow disscussion of administrative matters and finalization of the Joint Statement.

The Steering Group and members of Execuitve Committee wish to thank all of those involved in the preparation and hosting of the 2016 IFNEC week in Buenos Aires. Specifically, we wish to thank the CNEA for all of the hard work in the planning process.  Also, we express our deep appreciation to the Ministry of Energy and Mining and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for your support and dedication to the success of these meetings.


Our Mission:
The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation provides a forum for cooperation among participating states to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes proceeds in a manner that is efficient and meets the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation. Participating states would not give up any rights and voluntarily engage to share the effort and gain the benefits of economical, peaceful nuclear energy.