Nuclear industries in countries guided by democratic and free market principles have been challenged by various factors, including escalating regulatory burdens, rising construction costs, adverse domestic power markets, and atrophying supply chains. Emerging state-owned, vertically-integrated vendors in Russia and China pose an additional challenge, as these countries actively support civil nuclear exports throughout the world as a means to achieve their broader economic and strategic objectives. The fact that civil nuclear exports often entail decades-long political relationships bestows a significant competitive edge to Russian and Chinese nuclear corporations, which are poised to dominate the global nuclear market at current trends. Given these circumstances, nuclear suppliers in the U.S., France, Japan, and South Korea may seek to bolster their competitiveness by entering into enhanced multinational partnerships. Today’s distinguished panels draw from years of policy and commercial experience to highlight the successes of past partnerships and the need to continue and expand upon these relationships.
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Amb. James Zumwalt – Chief Executive Officer, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Jack Spencer - Vice President, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
Alan Ahn – Director of Programs and Communications, Global America Business Institute (GABI)
9:15 a.m. Panel I – Imperatives for Multinational Partnerships
Andrew Paterson – Principal, Verdigris Capital LLC; Energy Editor, Environmental Business International Inc.
Jack Spencer – Vice President, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
Dr. Phyllis Yoshida – Senior Fellow, Energy and Technology, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Alan Ahn – Director of Programs and Communications, Global America Business Institute (GABI) – Moderator
10:45 a.m. Panel II – Models for Multinational Partnerships
Scott Campbell – President, Howard Baker Forum; Managing Shareholder, Baker Donelson - Washington
Paul Murphy – Managing Director, Energy Group, Gowling WLG
Ted Jones – Director of Supplier Programs, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
Walter Howes – Managing Director, Verdigris Capital LLC - Moderator
12:15 a.m. Adjournment/Lunch