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Ambassador of the Kingdom of Eswatini visits the Energy Charter Secretariat

On 13 February 2019, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Eswatini (formally Swaziland) to the EU, H.E. Ambassador Sibusisiwe Mngomezulu, conducted a visit to the Energy Charter Secretariat. Eswatini recently finalised the necessary technical requirements prescribed under the accession procedures to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The Kingdom was formally invited to accede to the Treaty at the 29th meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Bucharest, Romania, in November 2018. Eswatini has now reached the ratification stage of the ECT accession process, having been invited by the Conference to accede and just needing to complete its internal procedures to give full endorsement to the Treaty. 

During the meeting, Ambassador Mngomezulu met with Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák as well as officials from the Secretariat’s Expansion Unit. The Secretary-General updated Ambassador Mngomezulu on some of the key developments in the Energy Charter process more broadly, in light of Eswatini’s arrival on the doorstep of the ECT. Eswatini would be the first country in southern Africa to accede to the ECT. The core strengths and benefits of the Treaty for member countries is the protection of critical investments in national energy sectors, as well as providing rules and guidance to member countries on energy trade, transit, competition and energy efficiency, while respecting national sovereignty over natural resources and the choice of the energy mix.