From September 5 – 8, 2016, the National Nuclear Security Administration/Department of Energy (NNSA/DOE) brought together twenty-six experts from countries across Southeast Asia for a ‘Regional Workshop on Safeguards’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Conducted under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Safeguards Network (APSN) and co-hosted by the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) the event included participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Mongolia. Experts from NNSA/DOE, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Australian Safeguards and Nonproliferation Organization, and APSN led the participants in a series of presentations and simulated exercises related to IAEA safeguards implementation.
The September workshop focused on “Complementary Access”, a type of visit under the IAEA Additional Protocol, and “locations outside facilities,” a concept defined in the IAEA’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement. Workshop facilitators used simulated exercises, including role play to help participants better understand the responsibilities and process of Complementary Access. An important feature of this workshop was the opportunity for participants to share knowledge, experiences, and good practices at a national level for the AP Process generally. This peer-to-peer exchange fostered better interaction and participation by less experienced countries who appreciated hearing how countries in similar circumstances address common challenges.
The workshop was sponsored by DOE/NNSA and co-sponsored by APSN and Malaysia’s AELB.