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Secretariat holds high-level meetings in Colombia

This week, on Monday 18 April 2016, a delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat was received in Bogota by the Secretary General of the Senate of Colombia, Dr Gregorio Eljach Pacheco, and by the former Minister of Mines and Energy and current President of the National Federation of Departments, Dr Amylkar Acosta.

One of the first Latin American signatories of the 2015 International Energy Charter, Colombia, along with Chile, is a leading reference for the region on market-based principles for a globalised energy sector. The Secretariat’s management, represented by Denis Westerhof, and regulatory expert Ernesto Bonafé, and the Colombian energy collaborator, Augusto Hernández, also held meetings with the former Minister, Dr Carlos Medellín, with the President of the National Hydrocarbons Agency, Dr Mauricio de la Mora, and with senior advisers of the Ministry of Mines and Energy. At these meetings, the Colombian authorities expressed support for the Energy Charter Process and confirmed their readiness to take on a regional leadership role.

Global energy challenges, such as climate change and energy transition, energy security and regional market integration, require a global system of good governance and the promotion of the rule of law across the world, from Bogota to Tokyo. Other Latin American countries who follow the example of Colombia by becoming observers through signing the 2015 International Energy Charter would open the door to their participation at the next Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in November this year in Tokyo.

As a follow-up, on 29 April 2016, officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat visited the Embassy of Colombia in Brussels to inform the Ambassador Rodrigo Rivera on their visit to Bogota. The Energy Charter Secretariat has excellent relations with the Colombian Embassy in Brussels, which is evidenced by a secondment of a Colombian official at the Secretariat working on an investment promotion report based on the universal principles of the Energy Charter.