These are two different things.
First, the secret word. It can be stored unencrypted in the config.php file. The next time you access the control panel page it will be encrypted if necessary.
Regarding AES encryption. I recommend turning this off if you are trying to copy the configuration between sites. Once we have the WP-CLI integration we can let you turn this on and off, having Akeeba Backup manage the generation of the encryption key. Because of the complexity of what's involved and what we need to do to provide backwards compatibility we can't provide an easy solution which doesn't involve going through our encryption code.
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