A high-level delegation from the International Energy Charter (IEC) Secretariat headed by Mr. Marat Terterov, Principal Coordinator visited the ECO Secretariat on 20th April 2017 and met with Ambassador Halil İbrahim AkÁa, ECO Secretary General.
Having welcomed the IEC delegation, ECO Secretary General gave a brief overview on the progress of ECOís energy-related activities, particularly the establishment of "ECO Regional Electricity Market", to which IECís contribution is under consideration. ECO Secretary General underscored that the ECO-ECT reciprocal observership, established at the last 22nd meeting of the ECO Council of Ministers (COM), opens up new avenues for enhanced partnership, and ECO is looking forward to building strong cooperation and institutional linkages between two organizations. This observership status could also offer immense opportunities in capacity building on promoting energy/electricity trade and transit, energy efficiency, market access and other possible issues.
Mr. Marat Terterov also briefed ECO Secretary General and his team on the IEC activities in 2017 and invited ECO to actively participate in the forthcoming IEC events. Recalling that 8 ECO Member States are already member parties to IEC, he highlighted that IEC regards ECO as a strong regional partner. He renewed IEC's readiness to cooperate in capacity-building, knowledge/experience sharing and policy advice, as well as in implementation of joint projects.
Both sides reviewed some areas of immediate interests to them, including in capacity building and training domains, and exchanged views on ways and means to implement them. They also agreed to continue contacts with a view to developing frameworks for cooperation and exchanges.