The Secretary General had a discussion with Ms Olga Algaerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE, and Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of UNESCAP, to explore synergies and joint coordination with UN regional economic commissions. It was agreed that further discussions will continue on the creation of a special working stream on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and its investment protection provisions during the next Sustainable Energy Forum to be hosted by Ukraine in Kiev.
Dr Rusnák also met with Mr Vadim Zakrevsky, Deputy Minister of Energy of Belarus, Ms Nataliya Boyko, Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Mr Azamat Omorov, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil of the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss bilateral cooperation issues. JSC “KazTransOil” hosted a meeting with the Energy Charter team to learn more about the ECT and its instrument such as dispute settlement and conciliation mechanisms as well as on ongoing work on a multilateral transit instrument. Mr Dimash Dossanov, the Director General of KazTransOil expressed interest for the Kazakhstan’s biggest oil transporting company for closer involvement in Energy Charter activities.
During the Forum H.R.H. Prince William MISHIKI BUHINI, Vice-Minister of Ministry of Energy and Hydraulic Resources, Democratic Republic of the Congo approached the Secretary General with request for detailed information about accession process to the International Energy Charter.