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The Energy Charter and Turkmenistan hold high-level meeting

On 28 April 2020, the Energy Charter Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General, held a video conference call with high representatives of the Turkmenistan government led by Mr Y Kakayev, Special Advisor to the President of Turkmenistan on oil and gas matters and by Mr Berdiniyaz Matiyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Other participants included Deputy Ministers of Finance, Justice, and Energy, and Deputy Chairmen of Turkmengaz and Turkmenneft State Concerns. The conference call was organised at the initiative of Turkmenistan, to render an opportunity to get updated on issues related to energy and Energy Charter Process.

The areas of common interest discussed included the current situation of hydrocarbons in the global market. This also included the current and potential impacts from the virus pandemic, current state of affairs and planning in the area of modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty, especially from the standpoint of its transit provisions, and regional cooperation issues and progress on new regional infrastructure projects such as pipelines and power transmission lines. Turkmenistan reiterated its support for the transit component of the Energy Charter Process and underlined its importance to the country which had authored a few transit-related initiatives on the level of the UN.  

The video conference call was conducted as an alternative to real life meetings which have become impossible due to the current circumstances. The Energy Charter is using video calls as an effective tool to maintain dialogue with Member states.