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Azerbaijan assumes the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for 2020

As of 1 January 2020, Azerbaijan takes over the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for the year. The Conference works on an annual rotating basis, and each year a new country takes over leadership to direct the highest decision-making body of the Energy Charter process

The Chair of the Conference will be Mr Parviz SHAHBAZOV, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Vice-Chairs are Mr Samir VALIYEV, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, and Mr Hakob VARDANYAN, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia

In line with a rapidly evolving energy world and also with domestic priorities, Azerbaijan has highlighted some of the priorities for 2020, such as accelerating the energy transition by increasing the share of renewable energy sources in transport, heating and electricity generation. The country also aims at the promotion of energy efficiency policies and increasing regulatory responses to supply security challenges.

These topics will be the focus for the 31st Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference on 16-17 December 2020 in Baku Azerbaijan. Under the Chairmanship, Azerbaijan will also host the International Energy Charter Forum in June 2020.