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The International Energy Charter visits South East Asia

A delegation of officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat (Expansion and Investment Units) conducted a working visit to Vietnam and Cambodia in early March 2019. Productive meetings were held in Hanoi with Vietnamese officials between 4-8 March. This important mission allowed the Secretariat’s delegation to gather information relevant to the Energy Investment Risk Assessment Report (#EIRA2019) and conduct a provisional evaluation of Vietnam’s prospects for acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

During the mission, Secretariat officials, Dr Anna Pitaraki and Mr Can Öğütçü, held meetings with a number of Vietnamese ministry officials and private sector representatives. The role of the Embassy of Hungary as a Liaison Embassy in Hanoi was instrumental in promoting the ECT and the Secretariat’s work with regards to Vietnam. The Secretariat delegation then went on to visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in order to meet with officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The focus of the discussions was on Cambodia’s Accession Report on Energy Efficiency and participation in future editions of EIRA.