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Ambassadors of Five Central Asian States discuss cooperation under the Auspices of the Energy Charter

On 23 February 2017 in Brussels, the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák hosted an informal working lunch with the Ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The discussion highlighted matters pertaining to the cooperation efforts between Central Asian States and the European Union in matters of energy. The discussion focused on further joint steps to be taken by the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Central Asian states in identifying the modalities and specifics of assistance, which the Secretariat could render to these states in the energy sector. Given the underlying and long-term nature of the membership of the Central Asian states and of the European Community with the Energy Charter and their position in the regional energy context, the participants of the meeting deliberated on and analyzed their countries' specific needs and aspirations. In the course of this short but helpful 'brainstorming session', the participants praised the experience and achievements of the EU member states in the areas of development and exploitation of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. They reiterated the need for knowledge sharing and expertise, which the EU could extend by making use of the Energy Charter acting both as a platform and a vehicle, focusing on specific areas of energy development. 


At the end of the discussion, the Secretary General and the Ambassadors agreed on the instrumental nature of energy sector development, and expressed willingness and commitment to develop upon the points discussed in an expedited manner.

From left to right: Mr Manuchehr Shoev, First Secretary, Embassy of Tajikistan - HE Ambassador Almaz Khamzayev, Embassy of Kazakhstan - Dr Urban Rusnak, Secretary General, Energy Charter - HE Ambassador Ata Serdarov, Embassy of Turkmenistan - HE Ambassador Vladimir Norov, Embassy of Uzbekistan - Mr Ruslan Bekbolotov, First Secretary, Embassy of Kyrgyzstan