Rabat 2015The Second Energy Charter Rabat Forum concluded successfully in Morocco on 25 February 2015. The Forum was organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat together with the governments of Morocco and The Netherlands and was built on the foundation of the Forum held in September 2012, where the Kingdom of Morocco signed the 1991 Energy Charter declaration. The 2015 Forum focused on the role of the International Energy Charter in sustainable energy development in the Middle East and Africa. High-level opening speeches were delivered by Dr. Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Energy, Water, Mines and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco; Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands; and Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat.
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ECS Knowledge CentreOn 24 February 2015, the Energy Charter Secretariat Knowledge Centre held a concise workshop version of its training programme in Rabat, in association with the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco. The training preceded the Rabat Energy Charter Forum II, which was held on the following day at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco.
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Myanmar MFAOn 24 February 2015, Director Steivan Defilla visited Naypyidaw, Myanmar, and held three separate meetings with Deputy Minister of Energy Mr. Zaw, Deputy Minister of Electric Power Mr. Aung and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Thant. During the meetings Mr. Defilla informed his counterparts on the benefits of signing the International Energy Charter during the Ministerial Conference in The Hague on 20 May 2015. He also highlighted the relevance of several Energy Charter mechanisms and initiatives to Myanmar. Deputy Minister Zaw informed Mr. Defilla that his Ministry had studied the International Energy Charter and was interested in becoming an observer to the Energy Charter. Some coordination between various ministries would still have to be done in the coming weeks. Deputy Minister Aung and Deputy Minister Thant also expressed their general support for Myanmar's involvement with the Energy Charter.
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ECS smallerWithin the ongoing review of the investment climate and market structure in the energy sector of Latvia, a team of experts visited Riga on 15-19 February 2015. The Energy Charter Secretariat was represented by experts Mr. Zafar Samadov and Dr. Matteo Barra. The mission was supported by Mr. Eduard Jelizarovs, Consultant from the Ministry of Economics of Latvia.
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On 29 January 2015, a SCC arbitral tribunal constituted under Article 26 of the Energy Charter Treaty refused jurisdiction over claims filed in 2013 by Ukraine's Energorynok against Moldova for over USD 1.8 mln.

Two weeks later, a UK-based company JKX Oil & Gas and its subsidiaries initiated the latest arbitration under the ECT against Ukraine, raising to sixty-three the overall known number of ECT cases to date. This latest case includes a rare element: an emergency arbitrator issued an award on interim measures, these were in favour of the investor.

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IAP Insights 2014(2015) This annual publication gives an overview of the Industry Advisory Panel's activities.
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China and the ECT 2015 ENG(2015) This report was prepared by Mr. Zhuwei WANG, secondee from the National Energy Administration of China, in close cooperation with Energy Charter Secretariat experts.
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Kazakhstan EE 2014 ENG(2014) Energy Charter and KAZENERGY experts prepared recommendations on energy efficiency improvements in the main energy-consuming sectors of Kazakhstan's economy.
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