Ms Klara Rakhmetova accepted the Award in person and thanked the delegates for their recognition of her long-standing support of the Energy Charter Process and the honour the Award represents.
Ms Rakhmetova was nominated for her long-term representation of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Energy Charter Process, and as the most experienced delegate from the Energy Charter constituency. Ms Rakhmetova has been a stable and reliable counterpart between Kazakhstan and the Energy Charter Secretariat. She had welcomed and contributed to the transition of the Energy Charter from a regional organisation to an organisation of potential global energy governance. In 2014, during the Chairmanship of Kazakhstan, Ms Rakhmetova provided vital support for the Energy Charter Conference, promoting the country’s initiatives, inter alia, on exploring voluntary mechanisms for early amicable settlement of investment disputes and the possibility to resume negotiations of a Multilateral framework Agreement on Transit of energy resources, as set out in the Astana Declaration. Ms Rakhmetova is currently promoting the International Energy Charter within the Eurasian Economic Union. Due to the exceptional efforts of Ms Rakhmetova, the work of the Energy Charter has become well known in Kazakhstan and in the whole region.
The Energy Charter Award was introduced in 2013 in order to recognise the outstanding role of individuals and entities in the development of the Energy Charter Process. The first recipient was the former Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mr Ruud Lubbers, whom many consider as one of the founding fathers of the Energy Charter Process. That award was made at the Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus in 2013. In 2014, at the Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Award was issued to Mr Gunther Oettinger – the European Commissioner for Energy since 2010 and formal head of the European Union delegation to the Energy Charter. Last year, the recipient of the Award was Mr Henk Kamp, the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for taking political ownership and putting together an ad-hoc Conference of the Energy Charter in The Hague in May 2015 to adopt and sign an updated political declaration – the International Energy Charter.