Energy stakeholders meet in The Bahamas for CSEF V

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FLASHBACK: CSEF 2014 participants share a light moment
FLASHBACK: CSEF 2014 participants share a light moment

Key energy stakeholders will gather in Nassau, The Bahamas, later this month to take account of the Region’s transition to greater sustainable production and use.

Representatives of public and private sector entities, senior officials of national, regional and international institutions and industry experts will join Energy Ministers of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States at the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). More than 100 participants are expected at CSEF V which will be held 23-25 January, 2017.

CSEF V is a CARICOM Secretariat event which is organised in collaboration with the Government of The Bahamas. Support for the staging of the Forum is being provided by: the United States (U.S.) Government, through the Organisation of American States (OAS); the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) executed Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme; the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund; the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the World Bank through the SIDS DOCK Support Programme.


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Financing SDGs a major concern for CARICOM

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Photo via UN/JC McIlwaine)
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Photo via UN/JC McIlwaine)

(United Nations Radio) Ensuring financing so that they can meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is among the top concerns for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the man leading the regional bloc has said.

Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said the organisation also wants the Region to be counted as a distinct group when it comes to measuring statistical progress towards the 17 goals.

The SDGs aim to eradicate extreme poverty, promote greater equality and protect the planet.

Caribbean countries are considered Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The UN says these nations face similar challenges in achieving sustainable development, including small domestic markets, high energy costs, and little resistance to natural disasters.

Dianne Penn caught up with Mr LaRocque who is in New York for the UN General Assembly which concludes on Monday.
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Emancipation lessons profound, timeless – PM Andrew Holness

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“Celebrating Emancipation is by no means quaint or irrelevant. Its lessons are profound and timeless. We would do ourselves a disservice, not to mention the disservice to our ancestors, if we did not use this season to reflect on our history and to draw strength and inspiration from those wellsprings.” – Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on the occasion of the observance of Emancipation Day, 2016

Intensified public information campaign on CSME to be undertaken

ACTION ON CSME: Prime Ministers Roosevelt Skerrit and Dr. Keith Rowley of Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively at the opening ceremony of the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting
ACTION ON CSME: Prime Ministers Roosevelt Skerrit and Dr. Keith Rowley of Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively at the opening ceremony of the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting

CARICOM Heads of Government have mandated the intensification of a public information campaign on the benefits and provisions of the regional flagship programme, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as a comprehensive review of programme.

The review of the CSME will “take the process forward”, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chair of the Community said at the conclusion of the 37th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM held in Georgetown, Guyana last week. The review will be considered at the Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in February 2017.

The public information campaign will be conducted in Member States and will target all levels of society, Prime Minister Skerrit said.

The CSME, and one of its integral regimes in particular, the free movement of nationals, were under scrutiny during the meeting, and Prime Minister Skerrit reiterated that the Heads of Government were fully committed to implementing all elements of the CSME regime since they remained convinced it was the only option to achieve sustainable growth and development.

Prime Minister Skerrit reported that Heads of Government held spirited discussions on free movement of nationals as they sought to address the concerns of citizens traversing the Region. He pointed out that even though the majority of nationals were moving without hindrance, there were cases where there was denial of entry at ports.

…this is a matter that has to be addressed urgently as we are aware of the negative views that surface when these instances occur. There is guidance from the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) as well as decisions the Conference (of Heads of Government)  has made,” he said.

The CARICOM Secretariat has the responsibility for bringing together immigration officers, CARICOM Ambassadors and other stakeholders to address the issues stymieing free movement, the CARICOM Chair said. (more…)