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On 21 May 2019 Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák was in Reykjavik, Iceland, to meet with federal government officials. Dr Rusnák met with Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation. He also met with the Energy Ambassador from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

A delegation of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat (Expansion and Investment Units) conducted a working visit to Benin on 9-10 May 2019 at the invitation of Benin’s Ministry of Energy. Benin recently decided to accede to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) by embarking on the accession reports phase. Productive meetings were held in Cotonou with government officials from different agencies and Ministerial bodies to elaborate on Benin’s participation to the Energy Investment Risk...

Upon the invitation of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Energy Charter Secretariat participated in the international conference Power Uzbekistan 2019 on 16 May 2019 in Tashkent. The conference was part of the larger International Exhibition; Energy, energy saving, nuclear energy, alternative and energy sources.

On 14-15 May 2019, a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat had a working visit to the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project, the Model Instrument on Management of Investment Disputes (CCDEC201826) and regional energy cooperation in Central Asia. 

On 14 May 2019, the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and the EU4Energy Governance project conducted a kick-off meeting on the development of the first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) of Azerbaijan. The meeting was devoted to the planned activities, timetable and creation of the inter-ministerial working group for the development of the NEEAP. The meeting included the update and follow-up activities related to the adoption of the draft law on energy efficiency, developed with the...

A new Africa-Europe Alliance for sustainable investment and jobs was announced by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address in September 2018. Then, a high-level platform for sustainable energy investment (SEI Platform) was launched in November 2018 to provide recommendations on how to leverage public and private investments to help accelerate access to electricity and clean cooking for human development and sustainable growth. The next step has been the establishment of...

On 2-3 May 2019, the International Energy Forum and the OPEC Fund for International Development organised their 4th Symposium on Energy Poverty, focused on Sub-Saharan Africa. The Symposium, held in Cape Town, was opened by the Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa HE Mr Jeff Radebe. He underlined the country’s ambition to raise US$ 100 Billion in Foreign Direct Investment by 2023 and urged to keep access to energy on the agenda of the worldwide consumer-producer dialogue.

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The International Energy Charter proceeded with its mission to West Africa, which commenced in The Gambia last week, and continued to Senegal on Monday, 29 April, where another stakeholder roundtable event took place. The Secretariat’s small team of officials addressed a range of Senegalese stakeholders relevant to the country’s accession to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) in a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of Senegal. As is the case in The Gambia, the Ministry of...

The International Energy Charter visited The Republic of The Gambia, in West Africa, during 23-25 April 2019, to provide a workshop on the topic of Better governance structure and improved investment outlook. The event was co-organised with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of The Gambia, the state body which is the main interlocutor for the Energy Charter process in the country. The workshop was the first event of its kind in The Gambia and aimed to support the country’s accession track to...

On 17 April 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted a group of students from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Students enrolled in Masters in International and European Public Law programme came to learn more about the Energy Charter Treaty, the Secretariat’s activities and the global energy environment.

On 12 April 2019, the European Commission hosted the conference Sustainable Energy in Central Asia which discussed clean energy policies, solutions and projects in the region, and the mutual interests of both EU and Central Asian countries in advancing the clean energy transition. 

On 5 April 2019, Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák participated in the third EU4Energy Steering Committee meeting in Paris. The meeting was attended by high-level officials from the Energy Ministries of the 11 partner countries, European Commission DG NEAR as well as representatives of the implementing partners - International Energy Agency (IEA), Energy Community Secretariat, EU4Energy Communication project and the Energy Charter Secretariat.

On 1 April 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) held a side-event on the prevention of investment disputes during the Spring meeting of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group III (UNCITRAL WG III) in New York, New York.

A delegation of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat (Expansion and Investment Units) conducted a working visit to Vietnam and Cambodia in early March 2019. Productive meetings were held in Hanoi with Vietnamese officials between 4-8 March. This important mission allowed the Secretariat’s delegation to gather information relevant to the Energy Investment Risk Assessment Report (#EIRA2019) and conduct a provisional evaluation of Vietnam’s prospects for acceding to the Energy Charter...

The Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and South Asia (RECA) Taskforce held its 15 meeting in Ashgabat Turkmenistan on 26-28 March 2019. The meeting was organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat, with the principal support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs Energy of Turkmenistan and in partnership with the Energy Links USAID Project for Central Asia.