Cayman Islands sets ambitious target for renewables

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Cayman Islands legislator Winston Connolly (Photo via Caribbean News Service)
Cayman Islands legislator Winston Connolly (Photo via Caribbean News Service)

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Jan 25 2017 – The Cayman Islands has just completed a National Energy Policy, it was announced here Wednesday.

Cayman Islands legislator Winston Connolly said the draft document was completed last Friday and will now be sent to Cabinet for its consideration.

It proposes moving from less than one percent (0.9 percent) solar and renewables to an ambitious 70 percent by 2037.

Speaking at the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V), held here Jan. 23-25, Connolly admitted that it was “an uphill battle” even with his own parliamentary colleagues as he sought to get buy-in for the transition to renewable energy.

Read more at: Caribbean News Service

Act with urgency on energy transition, Region urged at close of CSEF V

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The Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) concluded in Nassau, The Bahamas on Thursday following two days of robust discussions centred on the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) transition to more efficient and clean energy.

The Forum elicited calls for sustainable energy champions at the national and regional levels, predictable laws and regulations, enhanced planning and strategy for development, and enhanced engagement with the private sector.

Speaking at the closing ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, Ms. Kim Osborne of the Organisation of American States (OAS) pointed out that stakeholders were clear on the actions that had to be taken, and the urgency that was necessary. Ms Osborne was echoing the sentiments of The Bahamas Prime Minster, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie who delivered the feature address at the CSEF V opening ceremony on Monday evening.

Over the two days, several panels featuring government Ministers and some of the biggest names in the regional energy field discussed a range of issues pertinent to the Community’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Discussions centred on the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) and the CARICOM Energy Policy; regulatory matters; building a culture of effective statistics and information management; funding the transition; and identifying knowledge, skill and quality requirements. (more…)

CXC e-testing begins

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) reported success as it officially launched its Electronic Testing Service to the region yesterday.

Some 500 candidates from seven countries – Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, St Lucia and Montserrat and St Lucia – tested the online initiative which allowed students to use a computer or an electronic device to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Paper 1 (Multiple Choice) examination in more than 12 subjects.

Education Minister Ronald Jones gave thumbs up to the initiative which CXC said “would bring regional learners up to speed with worldwide test-taking practices and provide them with the flexibility to interact with images, video, audio and other resources during their examinations”.

Read more at: Barbados Today

Caribbean prepares to pilot COAST insurance to protect fisheries sector

Meeting in the boardroom at the Ramada Belize City Princess were (clockwise) Carmen Silva, Economic and Policy Analyst, and J. Nathan Bland, Political and Economic Section Chief, both of the US Embassy in Belize; Daniel Oerther and Anushree Banerjee, Foreign Service Officers of the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security; Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director; Peter A. Murray, CRFM Programme Manager – Fisheries Management and Development; Jose Angel Villalobos, Senior Insurance Specialist, and Miguel Angel Jorge, Senior Fisheries Specialist, both of the World Bank; as well as Sherlene Audinett, CRFM Executive Secretary.
Meeting in the boardroom at the Ramada Belize City Princess were (clockwise) Carmen Silva, Economic and Policy Analyst, and J. Nathan Bland, Political and Economic Section Chief, both of the US Embassy in Belize; Daniel Oerther and Anushree Banerjee, Foreign Service Officers of the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security; Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director; Peter A. Murray, CRFM Programme Manager – Fisheries Management and Development; Jose Angel Villalobos, Senior Insurance Specialist, and Miguel Angel Jorge, Senior Fisheries Specialist, both of the World Bank; as well as Sherlene Audinett, CRFM Executive Secretary. (Photo via CRFM)

Belize City, Belize, (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will conclude a two-day working group meeting at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel today. The meeting was being held to advance the implementation of a risk insurance facility for fishers in the Region.

When Fisheries ministers from CRFM Member States met in Cayman in October 2016, they reviewed the progress made towards the activation of the Caribbean Ocean Assets Sustainability FaciliTy (COAST). This week’s working group meeting, which the CRFM facilitated in collaboration with the US Department of State, will aid in the selection of a representative sample of Caribbean countries in which the initiative will be piloted.

The purpose of this week’s meeting is to chart the steps necessary to qualify a pilot country (or pilot countries) to purchase the COAST insurance product from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility Segregated Portfolio Company (CCRIF SPC) before the start of the hurricane season on June 1, 2017.

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was officially inaugurated on 27 March 2003 in Belize City, Belize, where it is headquartered, following the signing of the “Agreement Establishing the CRFM” on February 4, 2002. It is an inter-governmental organization whose mission is “to promote and facilitate the responsible utilization of the region’s fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the current and future population of the region.”
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