On 8 February 2016, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce hosted the Energy Charter Forum in Stockholm. The event was jointly organised by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
The Forum aimed at illustrating the Energy Charter Treaty as an effective international legal instrument to reduce barriers in the establishment of energy investments and as a risk reduction tool for the benefit of investors, financial institutions and host states. In addition, it aimed at raising awareness on amicable dispute settlement under the Energy Charter Treaty, with an initial discussion on the draft investment mediation guidelines.
During the day, the some 20 speakers from governments, institutions, leading energy companies and associations from all over the world, including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Deputy Secretary General Joakim Reiter, discussed the need of and ways to promote and finance energy investments, as well as the relevant role of the Energy Charter Treaty in doing so.
The four sessions included: