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Energy Charter Secretariat contributes to high level energy debate in the United Arab Emirates

On 18-19 September 2017, the International Energy Charter made a speaker contribution to the high level Gulf Energy Markets Forum, which took place in the Emirate of Fujairah, UAE, in the presence of his highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah. Now running in its seventh year, the Fujairah Energy Markets Forum is one of the key occasions of the UAE energy calendar. It brings together hundreds of delegates from the UAE and around the world, as well as being patronized by royals and other distinguished persons from across the UAE. The Emirate of Fujairah has emerged from being a small commercial port in the early 1980s to becoming one of the world’s biggest hubs for trade in petroleum products and similar commodities. 

Addressing the Forum on behalf of the International Energy Charter, Knowledge Centre Principal Coordinator, Dr Marat Terterov, chaired a high level policy debate on the topic of ‘whether India will overtake China as the new partner of choice for the Middle Eastern energy sector’. Dr Terterov also took the occasion of his invitation to address the forum in order to hold meetings with senior UAE energy officials, including H.E. Dr Matar Al Neyadi, Under-secretary of Energy of the Government of the UAE. Dr Terterov also held informal talks with officials from the Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State, who were also participants of the Forum. Both the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America are observers of the Energy Charter Conference, having signed the International Energy Charter Political Declaration of 2015. The United States has also signed the European Energy Charter political declaration of 1991.