Opening Remarks by Ambassador Kitano (Table Top Exercise on Transport, June 17)

Thank you for your kind introduction.

On behalf of the shipping states, I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to Ambassador Andereya and his team of the Permanent Mission of Chile for wonderful chairing of the dialogue. I would also like to express my gratitude for all the support from the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre to enable this landmark exercise to happen. I also would like to commend the tireless efforts by all the participants and scenario drafters to this day.

Ambassador Andereya, dear participants,

Allow me to briefly refer to the positive evolution of the informal dialogue between Coastal and Shipping states over the last couple of years. This has significantly enhanced the mutual understanding, information sharing and practical arrangements for transport of radioactive material. As we have advanced our dialogue, our mutual trust has deepened, leading to further collaboration.

In fact, at the NPT Review Conference from April to May 2015, I was pleased to discuss the importance of the dialogue between coastal and shipping states with many interested states and was strongly encouraged by the positive discussions which took place there.

Today’s table top exercise is the most important event for the current dialogue to date and will test the effectiveness of Government-to-Government communications in times of an unexpected event. This has been proposed and examined for years. I am happy to come up to the day of its realization. I am confident that countless valuable lessons will be drawn from the exercise. Let us seriously follow up on the outcome, I suppose these lessons will provide us with good guidance for our future steps.

Finally, I would like to reiterate our commitment to continuing the dialogue between coastal and shipping states, including the implementation of the guidelines on best practices for voluntary and confidential Government-to-Government communications as well as follow up of today’s table-top exercise I just mentioned.

Japan is committed to push forward this dialogue under the able leadership of Ambassador Andereya of Chile. We would like to continue with the same spirit after Japan assumes chairmanship in September this year.

Thank you for your kind attention.
The Practical Export Control Workshop was hosted by the Wassenaar Arrangement as part of its 20th Anniversary programs and held at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2016. More than 100 government representatives from 46 countries participated in the technically focused Practical Workshop.
Workshop speakers included the 2016 WA Plenary Chair Ambassador Anu Laamanen (Finland), 2016 WA General Working Group Chair Ambassador Paul Beijer (Sweden), 2015-2016 WA Experts Group Chair Robertas Rosinas (Lithuania), 2016 WA Licensing and Enforcement Officers Meeting Chair Jon Erik Strömö (Norway), as well as the Head of the WA Secretariat, Ambassador Philip Griffiths. The WA control lists as well as export licensing and enforcement topics were covered during the two days.
The following link from WA’s webpage contains more details: