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On the 10 July 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat received formal conformation that Mr Jambulat Sarsenov has been re-appointed as Special Envoy of the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák. Mr Sarsenov, is Vice Chairman of the KAZENERGY Association and previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference in 2013 and 2014. 

Kazakhstan is under the spotlight this year as it hosts the International Exposition, also known as “Expo 2017”. The country has chosen “Future Energy” as the overarching theme for this world event. Thus, until September 2017, the Kazakh capital Astana is a global forum where the main question being debated is: “How do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions?” Issues being raised include international cooperation, technology transfer and energy invest...

In the context of the EU Technical Assistance Facility for SE4All Initiative, the Energy Charter Secretariat accepted an invitation to participate in the “SADC High-Level Ministerial Workshop and Energy Investment Forum” that took place on 12-13 July 2017 in Swaziland, the country that currently holds the SADC Chairmanship. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community comprising of 15 Member States in Southern Africa dedicated to development, peace,...

On 12 July 2017, during the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák chaired the session "Global Midstream Strategies" with executives from India's Oil Corporation, BOTAS, Sonatrach and CLH Group.

On 11 July 2017, a delegation from the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels in order to explore avenues of cooperation between GEIDCO and the International Energy Charter. GEIDCO, is a China based organisation that supports firms and institutions in order to promote the sustainable development of energy on a large scale.

On 9-13 July 2017, during the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with Deputy Minister of Iran for Trade and International Affairs Mr Amir Zamaninia to discuss the next steps of cooperation between the Energy Charter Secretariat and Iran following its signing of the International Energy Charter in November 2016. 

On 9-10 July 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat conducted a working visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, an Arab country currently progressing along the path of accession to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). Jordan is an observer to the Energy Charter Conference, having signed the International Energy Charter political declaration at a ministerial level summit in The Hague, the Netherlands, in May 2015. It has also signed the European Energy Charter Declaration of 1991 and has completed...

On 6 July 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and Director General for Energy at the European Commission Dominique Ristori, held a constructive discussion on international cooperation and energy investment. They recognised that a multilateral dialogue and trust in the energy sector needs to be encouraged and developed. The International Energy Charter is contributing to these objectives by attracting new observer countries from Africa and The Gulf, and with the active...

On 4-5 July 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) conducted a fact-finding mission to Kiev, Ukraine in the run-up to a new publication of the International Energy Charter, the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA). This year about 10 countries are to be assessed within the scope of the EIRA publication, which will be followed by a comparative analysis. The Ukrainian government hosted this fact-finding mission, during which a number of representatives from governmental institutions and...

On Tuesday 4 July 2017, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák was welcomed in the Republic of Lithuania where he met with the Minister of Energy Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas. Dr Rusnák thanked the Minister for Lithuania’s continued support and contribution to the Energy Charter Process and extended to him a personal invitation to participate in the upcoming Ministerial Session of the 29th Energy Charter Conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in November 2017. The purpose of the visit was...

On the 27 June 2017, under the auspices of the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA) and at the request of the Kyrgyz Republic, the International Energy Charter embarked upon a three day mission with the objective of conducting an in-depth energy efficiency review of the Kyrgyz Republic. The review team - comprising of national experts, Mr Sergey Katyshev (Kazakhstan), Ms Kristel Noges (Estonia), Artan Leskoviku (Albania) and representatives from the Energy...

On 30 June 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Olena Zerkal, to update her about ongoing activities within the International Energy Charter. The Secretary General informed Ms Zerkal about the Energy Charter Diplomatic Dialogues and their relevance for Ukraine, as well as on modernization efforts of the Energy Charter Treaty. Participation of Ukraine in the Energy Investment Risk Assessment for 2017 was also discussed. 

On 27 June 2017, Friends of Europe and the Mission of the Peoples Republic of China to the EU, sponsored the 7th EU-China Forum which aims to promote greater EU-China engagement and cooperation. It brings together high-level officials, policy-makers, business representatives and academics to discuss issues of shared interest and address common challenges. One of the main areas addressed at the Forum, was the topic of energy cooperation and the Energy Charter Assistant Secretary General Dr Masami...

During his second day visit to Beijing on 27 June 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák held bilateral meetings with representatives of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organisation (GEIDCO) and the National Energy Administration (NEA).

On June 29, 2017 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed the International Energy Charter political declaration, becoming the 86th country to take this significant step within the context of its energy policy development. The signing ceremony took place in Paris and was attended by high level state officials, including the Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei,  who signed the Declaration on behalf of the UAE, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of...