Secretariat hosts Netherlands delegation – cooperation the main focus of discussion

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Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson (right) welcomes H.E. Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago.

A delegation from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands paid a courtesy visit to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Monday, 27 March 2017 to discuss, inter alia, developing a broader view of areas for cooperation within the Caribbean Region.

The delegation which comprised  H.E. Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago;  Mr. Erwin Arkenbout, Director of Kingdom Relations, Ministry of  the Interior and Kingdom Relations; and  Ms. Mijke van Goozen, Programme Leader, Regional Cooperation, Ministry of  the Interior and Kingdom Relations held discussions with Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Accompanying Ambassador Granderson were Ms. Sandy Griffith, Senior Project Officer, Resource Mobilisation and Technical Assistance Unit and Ms. Valique Gomes, Senior Project Officer, Foreign and Community Relations.

Barbados tackles unhealthy food environments

Healthy food alternatives on display (Photo via Health Caribbean Coalition)
Healthy food alternatives on display (Photo via Health Caribbean Coalition)

The Barbados Ministry of Health and the Barbados National NCD Commission on Friday, 24 March, 2017, hosted a national consultation on Healthy Foods for Barbadians under the theme ‘Affordable, Safe and Nutritious Food: Combatting NCDs’ (Non-Communicable Diseases).

The multi-sector meeting, which saw representation by schoolchildren, faith-based organisations and the local chamber of commerce, was opened by Sir Trevor Hassell, Chair of the Barbados National NCD Commission and President of the HCC. In his opening remarks, Sir Trevor highlighted the staggering impact of NCDs by asking participants to stand if they had an NCD. He then asked those with affected family members to stand. The entire room stood. The powerful exercise harkened back to the early days of HIV and AIDS activism and had an immediate and profound impact on delegates.

Acting PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Peter Cowley, followed with fulsome praise for the Barbados national NCD prevention and control response citing the implementation of the SSB tax, the National NCD Commission’s 10-year anniversary and the impact the collective efforts have had on the general public. He ended by sharing a recent experience in a Barber shop when two young men were discussing the unhealthiness of a national staple dish – macaroni pie. This is progress he remarked, when everyday people are discussing NCDs in their everyday lives. (more…)

Feasibility study proves geothermal potential of St. Kitts and Nevis

At the meeting, from left Mr. Joseph Williams; Dr. Devon Gardner; Dr. Vince Henderson; Hon. Ian Patches Liburd; Mr. Jacques Chouraki
At the meeting, from left Mr. Joseph Williams; Dr. Devon Gardner; Dr. Vince Henderson; Hon. Ian Patches Liburd; Mr. Jacques Chouraki (Photo via SKNIS)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 24, 2017 (SKNIS): A feasibility study done by Teranov, a French engineering and services company for new and renewable energy based in Guadeloupe, has proven that there is potential in St. Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power.

Speaking at the conclusion of a two day meeting of geothermal stakeholders, which was held at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room in St. Kitts from March 21- 22, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, hailed the findings as “heartening” but that the government is to consider the way forward.

Minister Liburd said that the meeting was convened with other stakeholder representatives including His Excellency Dr. Vince Henderson, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States; Jacques Chouraki, President of Teranov; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat; Joseph Williams, Sustainable Energy Advisor at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); representatives from the St. Kitts Electricity Company Ltd (SKELEC), Ministry of Finance, Office of the Attorney General, and private sector “as it relates to solidifying our roadmap in respect of our geothermal development here on St. Kitts and in Nevis with particular focus on the development on St. Kitts.”

“We have so far done the 3G studies—the geological, geophysical and geochemical studies or the surface studies…there is potential on St. Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power and that’s heartening for us here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Minister Liburd, while indicating that the next step is to consider the way forward for slim-hole and exploration drilling.

Geothermal Stakeholders Meeting  in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)
Geothermal Stakeholders Meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)

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