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Reconnecting with former Observer and outreach Countries

When the status of Observer by invitation expired at the end of 2016, there was the possibility to keep the observer status by signing the new International Energy Charter. The International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting on 10-12 April 2018 in New Delhi offered the opportunity to reconnect with former Observer by invitations. 

To this end, Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák and Ernesto Bonafé (Head of Expansion Unit) held bilateral meetings with: H.E. Mustapha Guitouni, Minister for Energy of Algeria; H.E. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Egypt; H.E. Hachem Hmidi, Secretary of State in Charge of Mines of Tunisia.

Moreover, the interest and relevance of the investment framework offered by the International Energy Charter and the Energy Charter Treaty was discussed in a series of bilateral meetings with: H.E. Lyonpo Leki Dorji, Minister of Economic Affairs of Bhutan; H.E. Eng. Carlos E. Pérez, Minister of Hydrocarbons of Ecuador; H.E. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons of Mexico; H.E. Hoang Quoc Vuong, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam; H.E. David Mabumba, Minister of Energy of Zambia.