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Energy Charter Secretariat conducts high level working meetings in Jordan

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 the relevant technical procedures in order to accede to the ECT. The Jordanian Parliament is due to hold a session on the ECT in the near future, following which it is expected that the ECT will be ratified by the Kingdom.

During a two-day working visit, Energy Charter Secretariat Official Dr Marat Terterov was received by H.E. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, Ph.D, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Jordan, with whom he discussed the status of Jordan’s ratification of the ECT. The Energy Charter Secretariat Official also held working meetings with Engineer Ziad Jibril Sabra, Assistant Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, and Engineer Ziad Obeidat, Director of the Development Plans and Programs Department, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. Technical cooperation between Jordan and the Energy Charter Secretariat, as well as Jordan’s prevailing energy sector challenges were the main topics discussed with these officials.

There were also meetings with Engineer A. Daradkah, Managing Director of the Jordanian National Electric Power Company and a visit to the Jordanian Parliament. A visit was also made to the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where Dr Terterov discussed technical cooperation with the Director of the Institute, Ambassador Lina Arafat. Dr Terterov also visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom, where sincere gratitude is expressed to Ambassador Dr Ali Al Ghezawi, Director of the Parliamentary Affairs Unit, who helped prepare many of the above mentioned meetings and provided invaluable logistical support for this latest visit to Jordan by the Energy Charter Secretariat.