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The first Caspian Economic Forum will take place on August 11-12 in Avaza, the national tourist zone at the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan. This will be a high-level event inclusive of the participation of senior officials from the Caspian littoral states, investors and international organisations. The President of Turkmenistan will host the Forum.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demands for cleaner air, cleaner transport, and new technologies. Together with the Paris Agreement, SDGs are drivers of an international energy transition. A condition for future success is enhanced by international cooperation among states, investors and communities.

On 13 June 2019, Albania hosted the Tirana International Energy Charter Forum. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy and highlighted energy diversification, renewables and energy efficiency.

H.E. Minister Belinda Balluku opened the Forum to highlight Albania’s participation and leadership as the Chair of the Energy Charter Conference. Albania assumed the Chair of the Conference for 2019 and Minister Balluku highlighted the competitive nature of the Albanian energy...

On 04 June, 2019 the Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) held its 42nd meeting in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was hosted by Dow Chemical. The IAP Brussels session was well attended by representatives of energy companies, associations, international organisations, and diplomatic representations.

On 28 May 2019, officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in Vienna to discuss perspectives and explore options for collaboration to, improve the investment climate in the energy sector. Mr Leonardo Sempértegui, General Legal Counsel at OPEC, chaired the meeting, by delegation of the OPEC Secretary-General.

On 27 and 28 May 2019, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organised the second preparatory meeting of the 27th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum. The meeting took place under Slovakia’s 2019 OSCE Chairmanship and primarily focused on economic progress and energy cooperation in the digital era. Ambassador František Ružička, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, opened the meeting and outlined three priorities:...

During the second preparatory meeting of the 27th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum on 27-28 May in Bratislava, a side event took place on “Shaping the future of energy policies and co-operation in the OSCE region from the private sector perspective”. Special attention was given to meeting the dual challenge of meeting the world’s rising energy demand while moving towards a low-carbon economy. The event was moderated by Mr. Daniel Kroos, Senior Programme Officer at the OSCE, and hosted...

The Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC), in association with several prominent Turkish law firms and companies, organised its first conference in Istanbul on 23 May 2019. The event was dedicated to international energy issues and transit disputes. The participants of the meeting discussed the current state of affairs and the future of energy-related investment arbitration. Also discussed was legal issues in energy trade, supply contracts, and energy transit. 

On 21 May 2019 Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák was in Reykjavik, Iceland, to meet with federal government officials. Dr Rusnák met with Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation. He also met with the Energy Ambassador from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

A delegation of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat (Expansion and Investment Units) conducted a working visit to Benin on 9-10 May 2019 at the invitation of Benin’s Ministry of Energy. Benin recently decided to accede to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) by embarking on the accession reports phase. Productive meetings were held in Cotonou with government officials from different agencies and Ministerial bodies to elaborate on Benin’s participation to the Energy Investment Risk...

Upon the invitation of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Energy Charter Secretariat participated in the international conference Power Uzbekistan 2019 on 16 May 2019 in Tashkent. The conference was part of the larger International Exhibition; Energy, energy saving, nuclear energy, alternative and energy sources.

On 14-15 May 2019, a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat had a working visit to the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project, the Model Instrument on Management of Investment Disputes (CCDEC201826) and regional energy cooperation in Central Asia. 

On 14 May 2019, the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and the EU4Energy Governance project conducted a kick-off meeting on the development of the first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) of Azerbaijan. The meeting was devoted to the planned activities, timetable and creation of the inter-ministerial working group for the development of the NEEAP. The meeting included the update and follow-up activities related to the adoption of the draft law on energy efficiency, developed with the...

A new Africa-Europe Alliance for sustainable investment and jobs was announced by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address in September 2018. Then, a high-level platform for sustainable energy investment (SEI Platform) was launched in November 2018 to provide recommendations on how to leverage public and private investments to help accelerate access to electricity and clean cooking for human development and sustainable growth. The next step has been the establishment of...

On 2-3 May 2019, the International Energy Forum and the OPEC Fund for International Development organised their 4th Symposium on Energy Poverty, focused on Sub-Saharan Africa. The Symposium, held in Cape Town, was opened by the Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa HE Mr Jeff Radebe. He underlined the country’s ambition to raise US$ 100 Billion in Foreign Direct Investment by 2023 and urged to keep access to energy on the agenda of the worldwide consumer-producer dialogue.

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