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Secretary General meets with Lithuanian Energy Minister Masiulis

On Thursday 19 November 2015, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat Dr Urban Rusnák held a meeting with the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania Mr. Rokas Masiulis, following panel discussions at the Seventh Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey

During the meeting, Dr. Rusnák briefed Minister Masiulis on the latest developments in the Energy Charter Process, in view of the recent Ministerial Conference on the adoption of the International Energy Charter in The Hague, the Netherlands. The two officials discussed the topic of facilitation of appropriate investment climates across the Energy Charter constituency and considered the idea of joint work on an Investment Climate and Market Structure Review on the Republic of Lithuania. The Secretary General also proposed that the Lithuanian Energy Ministry seconds an official to the Energy Charter Secretariat during 2016. 

Earlier in the day, the Secretary General Dr. Rusnák also held a meetings with Mr. Daud Saba, the Minister of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan as well as Dr. Mohammad Qayomi, the Chief Adviser to the President of Afghanistan on Infrastructure, Technology and Human Capital. Dr. Rusnák proposed to the delegation of officials from Afghanistan to second an Afghan Government representative to the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels in order to assist the country with technical assistance activity relevant to regional electricity grid development. The topic of the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline was also discussed, in particular the area of suitable regulatory frameworks for the onward evolution of this important regional gas infrastructure project. The Secretary General also proposed development of work on an Investment Climate Market Structure Review for Afghanistan in conjunction with a seconded Afghan Government official working at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. 

Lithuania is one of the founding countries of the Energy Charter and is a contracting party to the Energy Charter Treaty. Afghanistan recently acceded to the Energy Charter Treaty.