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Countries of the Central Asia-Japan Dialogue highlight the importance of the Energy Charter Treaty in joint statement

On the 1st of May 2017, Ashgabat gathered the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan  for the 6th meeting within the framework “Central Asia-Japan Dialogue”. The Ministers, having considered the results of long-term cooperation in the framework of the Dialogue and having discussed the prospects for further strengthening the mutually beneficial partnership, made an official declaration highlighting among other aspects, the fruitful cooperation with the Energy Charter Secretariat, notably:

“16. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the participating countries, confirmed that the Energy Charter Treaty, the contracting parties of which Japan and Central Asia countries are a part of, provides the legal framework for ensuring the stability and transparency of the investment climate in the field of energy and contributes to the improvement of the business environment. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the participating countries stressed the countries' intention to strengthen international cooperation in order to ensure energy security and sustainable development, based on the Tokyo Energy Charter Declaration, adopted at the Energy Charter Conference on 25-26 November in Tokyo under the chairmanship of Japan and Turkmenistan (deputy chair).

Additionally, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the participating countries highlighted the great importance of the expansion of cooperation in the field of renewable energy, and welcomed the implementation of the International Exhibition Astana Expo-2017 “Future Energy" in the Republic of Kazakhstan this year”.*

 

* Unofficial translation