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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...

On 11 October 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General, Dr Urban Rusnák, met with the Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania Mr Ilir Bejtja. They discussed the nomination of Albania for 2019 Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference.

The International Energy Charter participated in a two-day workshop designed to accelerate renewable energy deployment in the South East Europe (SSE) region on 6-7 October 2016 in Bucharest, Romania. The workshop - co-organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Romanian Ministry of Energy and attended by Ms Sarah Keay-Bright, expert of the Energy Charter Secretariat - provided an opportunity for SEE governments, utilities, regulatory authorities, and other regional...

The Energy Charter Secretariat expresses sincere condolences to the people and the Government of the Republic of Slovakia on the passing of Mr Michal Kováč, Slovakia’s first president (2 March 1993 – 2 March 1998).

Dr Monica Emmanuel, Nigeria-ECOWAS Coordinator at the Energy Charter Secretariat, undertook a two-week mission to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries the Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria, where she met and discussed extensively with all key officials.

On 30 September 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák visited the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of Belgium. Dr Rusnák held a meeting with H.E. Aleksandr Mikhnevich, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus and Head of the Mission to the European Union, to discuss ongoing cooperation activities between the International Energy Charter and the EU4Energy programme.

On 30 September 2016, the Energy Charter Secretary General, Dr Urban Rusnák, paid a visit to recently appointed Amb. Kazuo Kodama, the Ambassador of Japan to the European Union and Vice-Chair of the Energy Charter Conference. They discussed the successful expansion process of the Energy Charter as well as the preparations for the annual Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Tokyo in November under the Japanese Chairmanship. In addition, the Secretary General updated Amb. Kodama on the...

On 27- 28 September 2016, the Energy Charter Secretariat’s delegation led by the Secretary General, Dr Urban Rusnák, participated at the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the International Energy Forum (IEF) held in Algiers, Algeria. In his intervention, the Secretary-General emphasised the role of the International Energy Charter and the Energy Charter Treaty in increasing investments in the energy sector to secure the energy transition envisaged in the COP21 Paris agreement by providing a favourable...

The Trade and Transit Group held its last meeting of 2016 on 21 September. The meeting opened with the signing ceremony of the International Energy Charter by the Republic of Rwanda

The Energy Charter Energy Efficiency Group (EEG) met on the 21st September in Brussels to discuss the findings of a number of energy efficiency reviews and to discuss the group’s programme of work for 2017.

The Republic of Rwanda signed the International Energy Charter at the premises of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels at the opening of the Transit and Trade Group meeting on 21 September 2016. H.E Olivier Jean Patrick Nduhungire, the Ambassador of Rwanda to Belgium represented the country at the signing ceremony and referred to the country’s commitment to attract investments in the energy sector. His Excellency noted that energy is Rwanda’s top priority to sustain its economic growth and...

The Energy Charter Investment Group held its second meeting of 2016 on 20 September in Brussels. At the opening of the Investment Group there was a signing ceremony of the International Energy Charter by the Republic of Senegal. Several important topics for the modernisation of the Energy Charter were addressed during the meeting, including activities on removing barriers to the establishment of energy investments, the pilot project for a flagship publication on energy investment risk...

The Republic of Senegal signed the International Energy Charter at the premises of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels at the opening of the Investment Group meeting on 20 September 2016. The signing ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Senegal to Belgium H.E. Mr Amadou Diop, who referred to the instrumental role of the Energy Charter in fostering greater cooperation in the energy sector and addressing the challenges of the Emerging Senegal Plan being implemented by the President of...

The US Department of State has officially designated the Energy Charter Conference as an international organisation, which marks a new qualitative level of cooperation between the US Government and its agencies on one hand, and the International Energy Charter on the other. This allows, inter alia, the US Department of State to second its officials to the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels to further strengthen existing ties between the two parties.