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The Energy Charter Secretariat congratulates Mr Tigran Zakaryan on the successful completion of his secondment programme. Mr Zakaryan has managed to implement all planned activities and prepared the Report on the implementation of Stage I of the International Energy Charter Investment Facilitation Toolbox (IEC IFT) in Armenia.

On 6-9 July 2021, the Sixth Negotiation Round on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was held by videoconference.

The following topics were addressed:

• Pre-investment

• Regional Economic Integration Organization (REIO)

• Obsolete provisions

• Definition of Economic Activity in the Energy Sector

• Investment protection provisions

During his visit to Uzbekistan on 15-17 July 2021, Secretary-General Urban Rusnak participated in the high-level international conference Central and South Asia: regional connectivity. Challenges and opportunities. He presented his view about energy transit and connectivity at the panel session dedicated to the Trade and Transport Connectivity for Sustainable Growth in Central and South Asia.

As of 1 January 2021, Armenia assumed the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for one year. The Conference works on an annually rotating basis, and each year a new country takes over leadership to direct the highest decision-making body of the Energy Charter process

The International Energy Charter would like to welcome the new 

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