Bilateral meetings with the ITER Members, such as here at the Korean Minstry of Education, Science and Technology, represent an important part of the Director-General's diplomatic mission.
ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda, with the Assistant Minister for Education, Science and Technology, LEE Sang Mok in Korea two weeks ago.
Most recently, the ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda travelled to China, Korea and Japan to present and discuss the ITER Organization's approaches and activities in preparation of the Baseline documentation.
On 3 September, Director-General Ikeda met Yasutaka Moriguchi, the Deputy Minister of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). From Japan, DG Ikeda then moved on to Korea where he met the Assistant Minister LEE Sang Mok of the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology (MEST). DG Ikeda also met Dr. Gyung-Su Lee, the President of the National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) on the same day. "The meeting was very constructive," both participants concluded. Again, DG Ikeda introduced the approach of the ITER Organization to the preparation of the Baseline for the upcoming ITER Council meeting in November. Regarding the schedule, Dr. Lee on behalf of Korea stressed that from a political standpoint, achieving First Plasma in 2018 was very important.
During a stop-over in China, DG Ikeda met the Chinese Vice Minister CAO Jianlin of the Ministry of Science & Technology and Dr. CHENG Jinpei, Head of Chinese Domestic Agency, and discussed the upcoming Briscoe Panel meeting. return to Newsline #99