On the margin of the Forum, Dr Rusnák spoke with Ms Robin Dunnigan, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of Energy Resources, who welcomed the Energy Charter Diplomatic Dialogues initiative, which is an initiative that brings together energy diplomats from producing, consuming, transit, and energy deprived countries. The Secretary General also met the President of the Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI), Mr Xie Qiuye. In September the EPPEI will host a meeting of the Energy Charter Industrial Advisory Panel, paving the way for further industrial engagement in the region.
Dr Rusnák also had the opportunity to meet Mr Guo Xuejun, Counselor of the Department of International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. The discussion focused on the accession process to the Energy Charter Treaty and on the establishment of the Energy Charter Diplomatic Dialogues initiative.
The Energy Charter delegation to China was headed by Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and integrated by the National Energy Administration (China) seconded expert Mr Xiang Li and the Secretariat Expansion Coordinator Dr Ernesto Bonafé.