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Iranian Representatives visit the Energy Charter Secretariat

On 24 February 2017, a delegation of Iranian representatives comprised of government, industry and academia visited the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels in order to explore avenues of cooperation between Iran and the International Energy Charter

The Iranian delegation was composed of Mr M.A. Farahnakian, Advisor of the Deputy Minister for Power & Energy Affairs, Mr Mahmood Khaghani, Advisor at the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture, and Mr S. Hossein Iranmanesh, Vice President of the Research Institute for Energy Management and Planning. The role of the International Energy Charter to de-politicise the energy sector was emphasised. This can be seen in the efforts to develop cross-border electricity trade across the Caspian region and with the European Union. Moreover, electricity generation in Iran is in need of private investment, which the country is committed to attracting and protecting according to international standards. Energy efficiency was discussed as another area of great interest. The Iranian delegation recognised the role of the International Energy Charter to inspire and develop polices and legislation for energy market reform. Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák welcomed the closer links between Tehran and the Secretariat, and expressed his support in defining the terms of cooperation in the areas of training, workshops and policy dialogue.

Iran has taken active role in negotiation of the International Energy Charter declaration in 2014 and adopted it in May 2015. In November 2016, with the Declaration having been signed at the Tokyo ministerial conference by the Minister of Energy Mr Hamid Chitchian, Iran became Observer to the Energy Charter Conference.