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The Energy Charter contributes to the 7th TICAD Summit

The 7th Summit of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was held in Yokohama, Japan, with Energy Charter officials being invited International guests of the government of Japan. The TICAD process, which started in 1993, is of comparable age to the Energy Charter Process, which was also founded in the early 1990s. Since that time, TICAD has become one of the premier inter-governmental platforms for the discussion of Africa’s development challenges. Indeed, with some 46 heads of states of African countries converging on Yokohama for TICAD7, this year’s Summit was a substantial endorsement of Japan’s vital role as a leading international stakeholder and major donor within the context of Africa’s development. 

Following on from its participation in TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, the International Energy Charter contributed to this year’s Summit by delivering a statement during the Heads of International Organisations luncheon, which was hosted by the Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E, Mr Kono Taro. Multiple African countries are currently in the process of acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which underscores the importance of the Energy Charter's participation in the TICAD process. This is good news for Japan, and particularly for Japanese investors, who will benefit from the highest level of protection for their investments in the energy sector once African countries accede to the (ECT). Japan is one of the Treaty’s founding members. 

The Energy Charter's delegation was also busy with meetings at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs during this Mission. These included bilateral talks between Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák, and Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of the House of Representatives, the Right Honorable Kiyoto Tsuji. 

Also, please see the meetings with the Energy Charter Delegation on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (in Japanese) 

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Kiyoto Tsuji.