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Turkmenistan assumes the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for 2017

As of 1 January 2017 Turkmenistan assumes the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference. For the 28th Energy Charter Conference that will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Mr Maksat Mammetsaparovich Babayev has been appointed as the new Chair of the Conference, and Mr Purchekov Charymyrad Hyvaliyevich as new Vice-Chair of the Conference. Also the Conference appointed Mr Mihnea Constantinescu, (Ambassador at Large for Energy Security, Romania) and Mr Kazuo Kodama, (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the European Union) as Vice-Chairs.

Clearly recognising existing energy challenges and arising opportunities, Turkmenistan, in line with its international initiatives, is willing to contribute to the global energy dialogue and strengthen international energy cooperation. Being one of the largest natural gas producers in the world, Turkmenistan considers global energy cooperation and dialogue on energy security to be a high priority for the sake of stability and peace. During the Chairmanship in the Energy Charter Conference in 2017, Turkmenistan in accordance with the recently adopted Concept of the Chairmanship will be focusing on the following areas: 

- Diversification of energy supply sources and routes as a prerequisite for global energy security;

- The role of energy efficiency, energy saving, and innovative technologies, as part of the international energy dialogue and knowledge exchange;

- Promotion and integration of renewable energy sources to encourage sustainable development;

- Reliability and stability of intentional energy transit flows to balance the interests of producing, consuming and transit states;

- Promotion and protection of energy investments to ensure a sustainable future;

- Jointly elaborated declaration as an outcome of the 28th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference to summarise the role of the International Energy Charter for sustainable development.