Furthermore, the energy objectives of the National Programme for Economic and Social Development 2016-2020 are in line with the Charter’s international standards. As stated by Ambassador Zaba Nikiéma, Burkina Faso has signed the Charter “with a view to participating in the reinforcement of energy cooperation mutually beneficial among countries”. The increasing participation of African countries in the Energy Charter Process, which aims to build trust and confidence in energy markets, is most welcome and encouraged by the Energy Charter Contracting Parties.
The signing ceremony took place in the context of the Implementation Group and benefited from the interventions of H.E. Ata Serdarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, whose country holds the annual Energy Charter Conference chairmanship, and Mr Wepke Kingma, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the European Union, whose country is the Depository of the International Energy Charter. The next African country to sign the Charter is Kenya on 20 Mars 2017.