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The 10th of March 2017 marked the official opening of the EU4ENERGY Governance Project regional office in Tbilisi. The regional office will coordinate the project’s activities aimed at improving the energy legislative and regulatory framework in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The project is funded by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by the Energy Community Secretariat and the Energy Charter Secretariat

During his visit to Abuja on 6-7 March 2017 for the signing ceremony of the International Energy Charter, Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák had bilateral meetings with Ambassadors of Energy Charter contracting parties: H.E. Sadanobu Kusaoke of Japan, H.E. John Groffen of the Netherlands, H.E. Peter Holásek of the Slovak Republic and  Richard Young, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation. 

On 7 March 2017, the International Energy Charter welcomed its newest member as Nigeria signed the International Energy Charter signalling a historic day for Nigeria’s energy community. The event took place at the State House in Abuja in a high-level ceremony chaired, on behalf of the Vice President H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, by the Hon. Minister for Justice and Attorney General Dr Abubakar Malami. 

International Energy Charter visited partner organisations in Beijing, China from 20-22 February 2017 to discuss further collaboration for the “Belt and Road” initiative, Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), and other areas of IEC expertise. 

Following the formal approval of the Energy Charter Conference (ECC) as an observer to the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), the ECC Secretariat was invited to contribute to the 13th ECO Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, on March 1, 2017. 

On 22 and 23 of February, through a two-day expert workshop, the International Energy Charter provided its support to the Bureau of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation, in its mission to develop a new 'EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on climate change and renewable energy'. It is intended that this new initiative be approved by senior officials of research ministries, ahead of the Africa-EU Summit in November 2017.

On 12-14 June 2017, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the International Energy Charter have designed jointly a 3-day mediator training course tailored for investor-State disputes. The course is scheduled to take place at the ICSID's facilities in Washington, D.C.

On February 28, 2017, the International Energy Charter was formally approved as an Observer of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) at the 22nd Council of Ministers (COM) meeting of the ECO states, which took place in Islamabad, Pakistan

On 22 February 2017 His Excellency Wali MONAWAR, the new Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Kingdom of Belgium was welcomed by Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák.

On 24 February 2017, a delegation of Iranian representatives comprised of government, industry and academia visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels in order to explore avenues of cooperation between Iran and the International Energy Charter

On 23 February 2017 H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Taha Mustafa met with Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák in Brussels to discuss the Ratification of the Energy Charter Treaty by the Republic of Yemen.  

On 23 February 2017 in Brussels, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák hosted an informal working lunch with the Ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has completed its regular semi-annual update of the Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator (updated as of 01 January 2017). In 2016, investors initiated 62 known investment cases pursuant to international investment agreements (IIAs). This number is lower than in the preceding year (74 cases in 2015), but higher than the 10-year average of 49 cases (2006-2015). The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) continues to be the most frequently...

On 7 February 2017, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and Transit Expert Mr Kanat Botbaev, attended a round table discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels on “EU-Central Asia Relations: Exploring New Potential.” The round table was hosted and moderated by Mr Eduard Kukan, Member of the European Parliament.