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The Secretariat attends SADC high-level meetings in Swaziland

In the context of the EU Technical Assistance Facility for SE4All Initiative, the Energy Charter Secretariat accepted an invitation to participate in the “SADC High-Level Ministerial Workshop and Energy Investment Forum” that took place on 12-13 July 2017 in Swaziland, the country that currently holds the SADC Chairmanship. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community comprising of 15 Member States in Southern Africa dedicated to development, peace, security, and economic growth.

The meetings were attended by Ministers from the region, international cooperating partners, International Organisations and private investors. Major contributors to the SADC meetings were the European Commission, the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Swaziland signed the International Energy Charter and aims to become a contracting party to the Energy Charter Treaty. This reflects the country’s determination to embrace common standards on investment promotion and protection, cross-border trade, transit and energy efficiency.

Investment and trade are global economic issues and are part of the core business of the International Energy Charter. Geographical expansion is one of the priorities of the International Energy Charter and its Secretariat, which at the SADC high-level meetings was represented by Dr Ernesto Bonafé and Dr Monical Emmanuel. A keynote address and official closing ceremony on 13 July was delivered by His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland and Chairperson of SADC.