OECS Commission supports development of geothermal energy in Region

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 — Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean. That’s one of the findings of a Survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the OECS Commission. The Survey gathered the views of 86 persons involved in geothermal energy, half of whom were based in the OECS Region.

The respondents of the survey were geothermal stakeholders working with or with an interest in geothermal energy in the OECS region.   Most of the OECS respondents (82%), were employees of government or utility companies pursuing geothermal energy initiatives.   With respect to Non-OECS respondents, almost 50% were private sector geothermal experts with past experience working on geothermal projects.

There was clear consensus amongst all survey participants that finance and government policy are the main challenges to geothermal energy development in the region. These were followed closely by competition from other energy sources, and technological issues.

Read more at: Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

Caribbean says farewell to Sir Dwight Venner

Sir Dwight Venner
Sir Dwight Venner

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, (CMC) – The Caribbean bade farewell to the longest serving governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner on Wednesday with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves describing him as “among our best”.

Sir Dwight died here on December 22 after efforts to fly him out to the French island of Martinique for medical treatment failed. He was 70.

Gonsalves said that the St. Vincent-born Sir Dwight, who was a “Caribbean man to the core” was a superior pragmatist who compromised “without being compromising”.

He told the congregation at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the capital, that Sir Dwight, who left to mourn his wife and seven children, would be remembered “in our pages of history reserved for our titans.

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Seeds of change began to bear fruit in 2016 – CARICOM Secretary-General



CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

“We have come to the end of another year of service to our Community.  When the history of this year is written, it will record that the seeds of change in our Secretariat and our Community began to bear fruit in 2016,” Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said.

He made the assertion in an end-of-year message in which he provided details of the strides that were taken in the reform process that the Secretariat and Community have embarked on.

The framework of the reform process had begun to take shape both within the Community and its Secretariat, the Secretary-General said. He added that the Implementing Partners for the Strategic Plan, the Member States, the Regional Institutions and the Secretariat, were embracing the challenge as the groundwork for the cohesive approach had been laid.

 “As difficult and challenging as reform is, it is absolutely essential in order to confront the ever-changing nature of today’s global environment.  This reform is not an end in itself but a means of ensuring that the citizens of CARICOM derive the maximum benefit from our integration process. At the end of it all, our regional integration process would be much more efficient and effective, in serving the interests of our people.

Please read the Secretary-General’s-end-of-year-Message


Studied, deliberate progress in integration movement – CARICOM Chairman

Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica
Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica

“2016 has seen studied and deliberate progress in our integration movement. We continue to work to ensure that the people of the Community realise the benefit of our co-ordinated actions. The advancement of our reform process is a key element towards achieving that goal and I applaud the headway being made in that regard. – CARICOM Chairman, PM Roosevelt Skerrit
There was studied, deliberate progress in the regional integration movement in 2016, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said Tuesday, singling out the advancement in the Community’s reform process.

In an end-of-year message, Mr. Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, stressed the strength and value of togetherness and community spirit.

He highlighted the celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations in Guyana and Barbados, which he said “allowed us to reflect on an era when such co-operation was manifested by the two countries having a joint diplomatic mission in London”.

“It was a fine example of the spirit and substance of unity that, today, we must embrace in order to advance our interests domestically and globally.


Please read the Chairman’s-end-of-year-message