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Turkmenistan hosts 14th Meeting on Regional Energy Cooperation (RECA)

The 14th meeting of the Energy Charter Task Force on Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and South Asia (RECA) is being held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 7-8 November. The meeting is organised by the International Energy Charter in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan and USAID Energy Links project. 

This regional event brings together representatives of the Ministries and System Operators from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The meeting is also attended by the regional organisations such as CDC “Energiya” and Executive Committee of CIS Electric Power Council as well as international organisations including USAID, the World Bank, EBRD and the EU. 

The main focus of the meeting is cross-border electricity trade in Central and South Asia. Country representatives provide an update on the developments in their respective energy sectors and infrastructure projects. The World Bank presented its recent study on electricity trade opportunities and stressed the relevance of the EU experience for Central Asia. Invited speakers from Georgia and Iran shared best practices and lessons learnt on integration of energy markets and power sector reforms. The participants also discussed the possibility of expanding power trading platform of Kazakhstan (KOREM) for the whole region, including engagement of Afghanistan. The participants also stressed the need for developing common market rules for power trade in the region and introducing regional regulatory entity. The relevance of the ongoing Energy Charter work on transit, particularly in terms of sharing experiences on third party access and transit tariffs, was also acknowledged.