Joining the likes of H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and the CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), H.E Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, the Secretary Generals of OPEC, the IEA, IRENA and the IEF, as well as other ministers and energy executives, Dr. Rusnák contributed to a high level forum panel on the topic of investments into electrification and renewable energy. He introduced the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) project 2018, focused of benchmarking energy governance in participating countries from around the world. The Energy Charter family currently comprises of 96 countries and Regional Economic Integration Organisations which includes both Members and Observers to the Energy Charter Conference.
The Forum provided an opportunity for the Secretary-General to hold a brief meeting with Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the Department of State of the USA, Ms Sue Saarnio. Dr Rusnák and Ms Saarnio discussed modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty and prospects to follow on cooperation emanating from the State Department’s recent recognition of the Energy Charter Conference as an International Organisation. Meetings were also held with Dr Matar Al Niyadi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy of the UAE and Chairman of the Board of the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority.
Both the UAE and the USA participated in the 28th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, which was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, at the end of November 2017.