Finland signals interest in CARICOM’s bio-energy

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The Government of Finland, through its newly accredited envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has expressed strong interest in exploring the bio-energy potential in mainland territories of CARICOM.

Speaking at the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat for the presentation of his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Thursday 16 March, 2017, the new Finnish Ambassador, His Excellency Kukka Pietikaine said his country wanted to continue cooperation in renewable energy technologies.

He said forest-based bio-energy has a central role in Finland’s economy, with 80 per cent of its renewable energy coming from forest biomass. Indicating that CARICOM and Finland “should take a closer look” at the region’s bio-energy potential, he said that Finland was one of the global leaders in waste-to-energy solutions and a forerunner in bio-fuel technologies.

Another interesting field of cooperation between CARICOM and Finland, he said, could be the development of wave energy, with Finland also possessing “first class technologies in this field,” adding, “a preliminary wave energy assessment would be the first step for the development of the blue energy resources.”


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Clarendon students, teachers in CSME session

 

Jamaica's CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo interacts with students
Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo interacts with students

Students and teachers in Clarendon, Jamaica, now have a better understanding of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), following an informational session on 14 March, 2017. More than 500 students from nine secondary schools in Clarendon – Bustamante High, Claude McKay High, Central High, Edwin Allen High, Kellits High, Knox Community College, Lennon High and May Pen High – attended the session at Clarendon College.

The activity was facilitated by Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Specialist, Communications at the CARICOM Secretariat’s CSME Unit, Mr. Salas Hamilton, gave an overview on developments within CARICOM and CSME-related processes. He also focused on the CSME regimes and opportunities for careers, earning wages, self-employment and appreciating the Community as a single economic space.

Jamaica’s National CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo, gave an update on that Member State’s participation in the CSME and the benefits that could be accessed within the regional framework. She indicated that the Ministry hoped to have a similar event in the coming months for the secondary schools in Eastern Jamaica. (more…)