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On Wednesday 23 November 2016, the Energy Charter Secretariat Knowledge Centre Principal Coordinator, Dr Marat Terterov, provided an extensive briefing on the subject of cross-border energy cooperation to a delegation of 20 Indian executive officers and managers from large state-owned enterprises. The group of high level Indian managers were in Brussels on a one-week study tour and were participating in a sequence of specialised trainings on EU-related subject matter. The program for the Indian...

On Monday, 21 November 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met Ambassador Jose Alberto Briz of the Republic of Guatemala prior to the 27th Meeting of the Energy Charter  Conference this year in Tokyo, where the Central American country will join the Energy Charter Process, as an observer. The development of earlier contacts with the Government of Guatemala and also the results of the visit of the Secretary General to Latin America, paved the way for the first Central...

The 12th meeting of the Task Force on Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and South Asia (RECA) was held in Almaty on 10-11 November 2016. The meeting was jointly organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat and USAID Energy Links project. The meeting brought together representatives of the Ministries and energy companies from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as the representatives of regional organisations such as CDC “Energiya”, Executive Committee of CIS Electric...

In the light of preparations for the upcoming 27th Energy Charter Conference meeting in Tokyo, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Rusnák met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Mr Johnson Weru in Brussels on 4 November 2016.

After its conception 25 years ago, the Energy Charter Conference is taking place for the first time in an Asian country. Its 27th meeting will be held on 25-26 November 2016 in Tokyo at the kind invitation of the Chairman of Conference, Mr Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.

As of 1 November, 50 countries and international organisations have registered for the Tokyo Energy Charter Conference, including registrations at the level of minister and deputy minister from...

On Thursday 3 November 2016, representatives of Slovakia, who currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), and Malta and Estonia, who will be holding the Presidencies next year, visited the Energy Charter Secretariat to discuss their upcoming activities and cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

The Energy Charter Secretary General, Dr Urban Rusnák undertook a one-day visit to Dublin on Tuesday 2 November 2016. There he had a series of meetings with officials from Ireland's Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

In the light of preparations for the upcoming 27th Energy Charter Conference in Tokyo, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Rusnák met with the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait H.E. Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi in Brussels on 28 October 2016.

On 25 October 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with the Deputy Administrator of the National Energy Administration, Mr Li Fanrong, as part of his recent trip to Beijing, China.

The Energy Charter Secretary General and experts of the Secretariat attended the 7th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 18-21 October 2016.

On 21 October 2016, the Energy Charter Secretariat’s Knowledge Centre concluded a three-day marathon of legal discussions, interventions and presentations focused on arbitration proceedings as part of the Ninth Executive Training Programme curriculum.

On 17 October 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General, Dr Urban Rusnák, met with the Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan, Mr Natiq Aliyev. The Secretary General updated the Minister on ongoing Energy Charter activities, including the work on a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Energy Transit. Minister Aliyev stressed the importance of common rules for energy transit and welcomed the work of the Secretariat on such an agreement. They also discussed the participation of a delegation of...

The first preparatory meeting under EU4Energy Component 3 "Legislative and Regulatory Environment and Key Energy infrastructure" took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 13 October 2016.

An article discussing future prospects of strengthened relationship between the International Energy Charter and Nigeria was published in the Nigerian newspaper, Leadership, on 11 October 2016.

A joint workshop was organised with the Economic Cooperation Organisation Secretariat (ECO) based in Tehran within the framework of the World Energy Congress during 9-14 October 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. This particular roundtable saw excellent contributions from numerous participants from the World Bank Group, the Iranian power industry, Turkey's BOTAS, leading energy technology specialists, as well as a range of Iranian and other experts. Prospects for expansion of market-based cooperation in...