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East African Community Deputy Secretary General, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo visited the Energy Charter Secretariat on 13 October 2017 to discuss issues of cooperation and mutual benefits and was greeted by Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák. The East African Community (EAC) is an observer to the Energy Charter Conference having signed the International Energy Charter political declaration in 2016.

On 5 October 2017 in Minsk Belarus, the Energy Charter Secretariat convened the second task-force meeting intended to steer and support Belarus in increasing investments in energy efficiency. Members comprised representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Department of Energy Efficiency, energy companies, international donors and the private sector. 

Energy Charter Assistant Secretary General Dr. Masami Nakata, paid a courtesy call to the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Mr. Masahisa Sato on 3 October 2017 in Tokyo. During the meeting, Mr. Sato explained that tackling global energy challenges eventually would lead to Japan’s energy security. Japan would like to strengthen investment protection and improve  the business environment through the Energy Charter Treaty (ETC), so maintaining a good partnership with the International...

Ukraine possesses one of  largest networks of underground gas storage (UGS) facilities in Europe – altogether it has 12 facilities with a total active capacity of 31 billion cubic meters. On 5 October 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat together with Ukrainian authorities organised a kick-off meeting where technical conditions and parameters of Ukrainian UGS were discussed with a focus on the opportunities for the European Union (EU). The meeting gathered representatives from the Ministry of...

On 28 September 2017 the Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) of the International Energy Charter held its 41st meeting in Beijing, China. The meeting was hosted by the Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI). EPPEI hosted the second meeting of the Industry Advisory Panel in China. The first meeting in China was organised in July 2015 by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), also a member of the Industry Advisory Panel. 

On 28 September 2017, in the Armenian capital Yerevan, representatives of the Energy Charter Secretariat facilitated a discussion on Armenia’s current policies regarding energy efficiency in the buildings sector and ways to improve them. This consultation workshop convened several key decision-makers and stakeholders including builders, city authorities, inspectors, international organisations, NGOs and policy-makers.    

Today, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) and the China Electricity Council (CEC) on the creation of the International Energy Charter-China Electricity Council Joint Research Centre. The establishment of the Research Centre is to be considered as a new milestone in the relationship between the International Energy Charter and China, after the country signed the International Energy Charter in 2015 and thereby became observer to the Energy...

On 25 September 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat organised the second coordination meeting on the EU strategy for Central Asia. The meeting was attended by the Ambassadors of Central Asia and representatives of the European Union, including the European External Action Service and DG Energy.

On 18-19 September 2017, the International Energy Charter made a speaker contribution to the high level Gulf Energy Markets Forum, which took place in the Emirate of Fujairah, UAE, in the presence of his highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah. Now running in its seventh year, the Fujairah Energy Markets Forum is one of the key occasions of the UAE energy calendar. It brings together hundreds of delegates from the UAE and around the world, as...

On Thursday 14 September 2017, in partnership with WindEurope, the Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) conducted its 40th meeting at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. The meeting was attended by a large number of members and energy experts.  

On 11-12 September 2017, two members of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Jordan visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in order to benefit from a sequence of in depth and specialised briefings on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The two visiting Jordanian MPs - H.E. Ali Alkhalaileh and H.E. Haitham Alzaidin – were the respective Chairman and Rapporteur  of the Parliament’s Energy Committee. The Jordanian delegation also included a Parliamentary administrator and diplomat from the Jordanian...

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP) hosted Expert Talks on the topic of Global Energy Challenges on 12-13 September 2017 in Berlin. The panel was packed with experts ranging from IEA, the German Ministry of Economic Affairs, European Commission, Energy Charter Secretariat, and industry leaders such as BP, Volkswagen, Wingas, and ENAGAS. The conference explored ways to adapt and encourage sustainable energy development in the...

A stakeholders consultation workshop on accession to the Energy Charter Treaty (ETC) took place on 12-13 September 2017 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The three accession reports on investment climate, harmonisation of laws, and energy efficiency, were discussed with a wide range of stakeholders from ministries, government authorities, industry, and the private sector. Presentations were made by Energy Charter Secretariat experts and senior officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy who...

The Roundtable on Financing the National Development Plan of Chad 2017-2021, was held from the 6th to 8th of September in Paris. The roundtable was chaired by H.E. Idris Deby, President of the Republic of Chad, and was attended by Mr. Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, as well as several heads of states, officials, international delegations, and representatives of international development and investment banks. Chad raised more than $ 20 billion at this roundtable.

Energy Charter Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák held a number of bilateral meetings with high-level officials from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) Contracting Parties. During the meeting with Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Housing, Energy and Environment of Finland, he briefed the Minister on the current status of the Energy Charter Process, ongoing modernisation and upcoming 28th session of the Energy Charter Conference in Ashgabat.