As a number of ASEAN Member States (AMS) have considered to embark on nuclear energy for power generation as a clean option, the region has been enhancing cooperation in public information/awareness and capacity building. The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) has been actively involved in information sharing and exchange, networking and training on the use of nuclear energy for power generation purposes. An opportunity to engage in such conversation and enrich the discussion in the region came with the 8th Nuclear Power Asia in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), on 7 – 8 March 2017.
Representing ACE in the event were Dr. Sanjayan Velautham (Executive Director) and Dr. Kusnanto (Manager of ACE-Canada Nuclear Radiological Programme Administrative Support). Dr. Velautham shared the ASEAN perspective on civilian nuclear energy as a panelist in a discussion on nuclear development in ASEAN. He also sat alongside Dato Sri Hajah Nancy Haji Shukri (Minister from the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia), Dr. Mohd Ashhar Khalid (Director General of Malaysian Nuclear Agency), and Dr. Mohd Zamzam Bin Jaafar (CEO of Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation) during a press conference organised on site. Apart from that, Dr. Velautham had the opportunity to share ACE’s views on civilian nuclear power to Channel NewsAsia‘s audience in a live news programme. With the exchange of information, Malaysia and other AMS hope that more people in the region will understand the potentials of nuclear energy for power generation, and that AMS are building their capacities to adopt the technology in the safest manner in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Featured photo credit: Clarion Events)