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Energy Charter Secretariat holds first informative session with a focus on Latin American countries

This afternoon, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted a small information session on “The International Energy Charter Opens the Door for a New Era in Global Energy Cooperation” with a specific focus on the Latin American region. 

The session was chaired by Dr. Marat Terterov, Principal Coordinator of the Energy Charter Knowledge Centre, who, together with Deputy Secretary General, Amb. Selim Kuneralp, introduced the work and the activities of the Energy Charter Secretariat and addressed the most salient elements of the newly signed and adopted International Energy Charter. Ambassador Kuneralp also informed participants of his latest mission to Latin America and of how the Energy Charter is starting to become active in the wider region. He highlighted how signing and adopting the International Energy Charter (and the potential of full membership) gives very positive signs to the international community and particularly, to foreign investors. 

Director Steivan Defilla gave a short presentation describing the main activities led by the Secretariat on investment, trade, transit, and energy efficiency. He shed light on different projects the Organisation is involved in, especially on a regional basis. The Director also informed attendees about the Energy Charter’s reports on Investment Climate and Market Structure and on Energy Efficiency.

The meeting continued in a very relaxed and interactive way with participants asking questions to our experts, and with a short comment delivered by Dr. Ernesto Bonafé, Regulatory Expert at the Secretariat. Dr. Bonafé gave participants some important insights on regional integration and the need for Latin America to work with neighbours in a cooperative way for a sustainable energy sector. A common vision on the energy sector is necessary for the future of energy market integration in the region. The added value of the International Energy Charter is its global reach and this is something unique that the Energy Charter can offer to newcomers: creating a minimal set of standards in international energy but that can be valid and applicable for any country in the world, regardless of their geographical location.

Mr. Zafar Samadov explained the Organisation’s involvement with governments and industry in addressing investment and business issues, together with the Secretariat’s role in dispute settlement.

Ms. Han Wang, Energy Expert seconded to the Secretariat from China, gave some insights on China’s relations with the Energy Charter and her country’s adoption of the International Energy Charter in The Hague last May.

The informative session then moved towards its conclusion with a presentation delivered by Mr. Iryna De Meyer, Trade Coordinator, underlining some of the most important trade issues the Energy Charter takes care of for its members.

Ms. Claudia Nocente, Events Coordinator & Media Relations, gave some details on the activities of the Knowledge Centre, with particular focus on Training Programmes for Young Professionals. Amongst participants, officials from Peru, Guatemala, Suriname, Argentina, Brazil and El Salvador were represented.