Chile applying for IEA membership
On 13 October, the IEA Governing Board authorised Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka to begin discussions with Chile with a view to obtaining membership in the Agency
13 October 2010
Mr. Tanaka spoke with Chilean Energy Minister Ricardo Raineri about the Board’s decision and Mr. Raineri then addressed the delegates and the IEA Secretariat saying, “The entry process of Chile is an important milestone for us.”
Chile became the 31st member of the OECD, and its first in South America, in May 2010. Chile’s like-mindedness with IEA member countries promises a mutually beneficial relationship. This will help the IEA to broaden and deepen its understanding of the Latin American region. Chile’s membership in the IEA would help bolster the country's energy security and diversification of it energy economy.