The closing lecture was delivered by Dr Ernesto Bonafé, Head of the Enlargement Unit, who presented the experience of promoting renewable energy sources in the European Union and pointed out the relevance of the International Energy Charter for Latin America and the global energy architecture. He also expressed the willingness of AEDEN to cooperate with ASIDE in the future.
Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and Panama are signatories of the 2015 International Energy Charter. A Panamanian electrical engineer, Mr Jorge Billingslea G., who is a specialist in wholesale markets at the National Authority of Public Services, joined the Secretariat in Brussels in September 2018 for a 3-month secondment, during which he will prepare an energy investment report on Panama and participate further in the functioning of the organisation. Panama will also consider to take part in the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2019.
The Secretariat has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), with the ASIDE-funding member Colombian University of Externado, and with ARIAE, the association of energy regulatory authorities from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. The MoUs aim to raise the profile of the Energy Charter Treaty in Latin America as a benchmark to enhance a level playing field in international energy relations.