The Task Force on Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and Southern Asia was set up as a means to intensify and develop cross-border energy trade on the basis of the Energy Charter Treaty. At the start, when the initial participating countries Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan signed the founding Bishkek Declaration on 26 April 2007, their focus was on electricity:
The delegations recommend:
Enhancing their cooperation within the framework of the Energy Charter Treaty through a systematic channel for sharing information and know-how;
Establishing a task force made up of national focal points, and focal points in the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other stakeholders;
Developing a legal and technical framework for facilitating a sustainable and secure regional power trade based on the Energy Charter Treaty.
With time, the Task Force grew to include more participating countries and to cover not just electricity, but also other energy sources. As of June 2011, the Task Force brings together:
Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan...
Round Table: Instruments to Foster Cooperation in the Electricity Sector
Brussels, 16 May 2006
Seminar: Regional Energy Cooperation in Central Asia and the Role of the Energy Charter Process
Tashkent, 23-24 September 2003
Publication: Regional Electricity Markets in the ECT Area
1 August 2003
Conference: Liberalising Trade and Investment in the Eurasian Power Sector
Brussels, 3 October 2002