On 30-31 May 2017, the Government of Turkmenistan and International Energy Charter jointly organised the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum in Turkmenistan on the topic of “Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy Resources”. Over 100 participants including Ministers, high-level officials and leading experts from member and observer countries of the International Energy Charter, international organisations, energy companies and research institutions participated in the Forum.
The Forum aimed at discussing the issues of transit and cross-border transportation of energy resources, including natural gas, oil and electricity. The representatives of the governments and international organisations highlighted the complexity of ensuring the security of energy transit, and the need for establishing clear and consistent principles of multilateral cooperation among the participants. They also noted the importance of international energy cooperation for achieving global energy security and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
The participants of the event highly appreciated the efforts of the Government of Turkmenistan and the International Energy Charter to promote a multilateral instrument on energy transit with a view to achieve a balance of interests of exporting countries, consumers and transit countries.