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.
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