In 2007, The Philippines had expressed its interest in signing the European Energy Charter of 1991. Nonetheless, for some years the signing process has not moved forward due to bureaucratic obstacles and, in one instance, due to the resignation of officials. This paper aims to show that pursuing the signing process – and in effect retaining its observer status to the Energy Charter Conference – would be beneficial to the Philippines. Furthermore, it will also be argued that acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty would be very advantageous for the country.
The Occasional Paper is available in English.