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Eswatini considers closer collaboration with the International Energy Charter

On 14-15 November 2019, a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat conducted a working visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in support of the country’s accession process to the Energy Charter Treaty. Eswatini became an Observer to the Energy Charter Conference in December 2015, following its signature of the International Energy Charter declaration, and was invited by the Conference to accede to the Treaty in November 2018. It is currently in the ratification stage of Treaty accession. The Head of the Secretariat’s Expansion Unit conducted meetings with Eswatini government officials from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, as well as the Office of the Attorney General, for talks on the remaining steps that the Kingdom still needs to take to finalise its ratification processes. 

The visit also provided an opportunity for the Secretariat to be briefed on some of the Kingdom’s pending energy policy priorities, including energy efficiency, harnessing of investments into Eswatini’s renewable energy opportunities, as well as gas transit from Mozambique to South Africa. Whilst in the region, the Secretariat also participated in the Second Annual African Investment Forum hosted by the African Development Bank and the government of South Africa. The Forum took place during 11-13 November in Johannesburg, and has become a major platform for private equity and institutional finance to engage in dialogue with the region’s key decision makers in joint evaluation of the Continent’s investment opportunities, as well as challenges. The Forum also included plenary presentations of the Africa-EU Sustainable Energy Investments (SEI) Platform, supported by DG ENERGY and DG DEVCO, the European Commission, Brussels. The Secretariat has been participating in the SEI platform at the invitation of the European Commission throughout the course of 2019.