Cooperation for Energy Security

07 October, 2008
By the initiative of the NATO Euro-Atlantic partnership council, on October 2-3Yerevan hosted international seminar dedicated to the cooperation prospective and opportunities for ensuring international energy security.

Representatives from 19 countries 3 International organizations (the NATO, UN, and IEA), and embassies, as well as the politicians and analysts from security and energy field took part in the seminar.

The specialists from Georgian foreign Ministry and Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, namely Giorgi Ghviniashvili, Technical director at GOGC and Teimuraz Gochitashvili, Advisor to Director General of GOGC were representing Georgia.

During the seminar the main topics for discussion were nuclear energy, renewable energy sources and diversification of oil and gas supply sources, and regional and international perspectives of cooperation in this regard.

Teimuraz Gochitashvili made a presentation about Georgia’s and generally South Caucasus role in ensuring reliable energy supply to European market and cooperation perspectives between Georgia-Azerbaijan and Armenia with Central Asian and the Black Sea countries.

At the final meeting, Giorgi Ghviniashvili emphasized the necessity of the discussion of certain project at International forums.

In their address, most of the representatives touched upon the negative results of the Georgia-Russia war in August on South Caucasus transit potential and called on the international society to react on it. The summarizing document for the seminar comprises the recommendations on increasing the security of international energy markets that will spread throughout the countries participating in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Program.