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Energy Charter Secretary General Speaks about Energy Security and Global Energy Governance at the Astana Economic Forum

The Secretary General Dr. Rusnák addressed the VI Astana Economic Forum on 23 May 2013 in Kazakhstan. In the session "The New Energy Landscape – Key Drivers of the Energy Future" he spoke about the global development of energy resources and improving energy security. In this context, Dr. Rusnák presented the ongoing process of Energy Charter modernisation as an opportunity to improve global energy governance.

Dr. Rusnák had a series of bilateral meetings with high-level Kazakh officials on the margins of the Forum. The Secretary General met with Mr. Asset Issekeshev, Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and New Technologies; Mr. Sauat Mynbayev, Minister of Oil and Gas; Mr. Timur Kulibaev, President of KazEnergy; and Mr. Rapil Joshybaev, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussion focused on the recent Charter activities, Charter modernisation and the important role of Kazakhstan in this process.

The Secretary General also had a meeting with Mr. Wu Yin, Vice-Administrator of the National Energy Administration of China. Mr. Wu Yin confirmed the interest of China in enhancing cooperation with the Energy Charter and in learning more about the process of acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty. He also reiterated the invitation to the Secretary General to visit Beijing in the second half of 2013.