On 19 February 2013, the government of Afghanistan informed the Energy Charter Secretariat that the country’s internal procedures for ratifying the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) were successfully completed. Subsequently, Afghanistan was required to deposit its instrument of ratification with the government of Portugal, the designated depository of the ECT. As per ECT Article 44(2), the Treaty would enter into force for Afghanistan, and the country would become the 54th member of the Charter ninety days after the completion of this procedure.

As of 2024, it is pertinent to note that Afghanistan has effectively fulfilled its obligations under the ECT and has been an active member since the stipulated period post-ratification. This membership has significant implications for Afghanistan’s energy sector, facilitating international cooperation, promoting investment, and ensuring a stable legal framework for energy projects. The inclusion of Afghanistan in the ECT framework has not only bolstered its energy infrastructure but also enhanced the country’s potential for regional energy trade and investment.

For stakeholders and investors, it remains crucial to stay informed about Afghanistan’s ongoing compliance with ECT regulations and the evolving landscape of its energy policies. This membership underlines Afghanistan’s commitment to the principles of the Energy Charter, aiming to foster a transparent and predictable environment for energy development and international cooperation.

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