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The International Energy Charter aims to enhance energy cooperation in Africa

Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák met with Ambassador of South Africa to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Mission to the European Union, Baso Sangqu, on 17 January in Brussels Belgium.

The meeting was a great opportunity to discuss the International Energy Charter, at a time when an increasing number of new signatories are coming from African countries and regional organisations. Ambassador Baso Sangqu raised important and topical questions such as the relation of the International Energy Charter with other international organisations, the energy mix in a context of climate change and energy security, and the technological transfers. As a unique framework to facilitate investment and cross-border trade, Dr Rusnák noted that the International Energy Charter enhances the rule of law in the transition towards a sustainable energy future, within the respect of national sovereignty on the energy mix and strategies utilized. The International Energy Charter sets common principles bringing together producing, consuming and transit countries, but also countries whose main priorities include universal energy access.