Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

 

Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat
Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat

Regional statisticians began meeting in Roseau, Dominica, on Monday to develop core indicators as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) moves towards fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At a Technical Workshop on the Indicator Framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, statisticians will craft robust recommendations on the core indicators for further review towards approval by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) and ultimately to the organs of the Community for endorsement.

The meeting will also develop a Technical Working Group (TWG), procedures for its operation/functioning, and also make recommendations on its work programme and on the way forward. Member States have been keen on establishing the TWG and 10 have already volunteered to participate.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics at the CARICOM Secretariat, pointed out that the SDGs “will be it us for a long time, and therefore the development of this TWG and its work” were critical and timely. The SIDS framework SAMOA Pathway must also be taken on board, she said.   (more…)

First IAEA-CDEMA meeting takes place at IAEA headquarters, Vienna

Delegates at the meeting, At centre if Mr. Ronald Jackson, CDEMA Executive Director
Delegates at the meeting, At centre if Mr. Ronald Jackson, CDEMA Executive Director

The first meeting between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), a regional inter-governmental agency, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is taking place from 19-21 April 2017 in Vienna, Austria. CDEMA comprises eighteen participating states from the Caribbean and provides the primary coordination of emergency response and relief efforts in the region.

The meeting brings together high level CDEMA representatives, including the Executive Director of CDEMA, Mr Ronald Jackson, and IAEA staff members from the Technical Cooperation Division for Latin America and the Caribbean (TCLAC), the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre and the Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety.

At the opening, Mr. Luis Longoria, Director, TCLAC, highlighted the importance of this meeting.

“It is a great opportunity to identify areas for cooperation between our agencies in the future, to support countries in the Caribbean in their efforts in emergency preparedness and response,” he said.

Read more at: International Atomic Agency

Regional energy partners focus on charting way forward

Regional energy partners take time out for a photograph
Regional energy partners take time out for a photograph

Energy partners in the Region met in Georgetown, Guyana, last month to assess progress and to agree on the way forward for the sector.

The partners gathered for the Mid-Term Planning Meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Programme (REETA) held 9-10 March. REETA is the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) project that is being implemented in CARICOM Member States and the Dominican Republic.

About 30 partners attended the meeting including Caribbean Regional Organisations, Universities, and International Development Partners such as the European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany’s National Metrology Institute. (more…)

More than 50% of electricity demand to be supplied by renewables – Jamaica

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), greets Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Masanori Nakano, during Wednesday’s (April 12), signing ceremony for the implementation of a $348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded three-year ‘Project to Promote Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Countries’ at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston. (Photo via Jamaica Information Service)
Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), greets Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Masanori Nakano, during Wednesday’s (April 12), signing ceremony for the implementation of a $348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded three-year ‘Project to Promote Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Countries’ at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston. (Photo via Jamaica Information Service)

The Government is projecting that within two years, more than half of Jamaica’s electricity demand, totalling nearly 700 megawatts will be generated from renewable  sources.

According to Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, this is based on the Government’s “aggressive” approach to fuel diversification resulting in over 200 megawatts  of renewable energy already being supplied to the national power grid.

He was speaking at a signing ceremony at the Ministry on April 12, for the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) implementation of a three-year J$348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded technical cooperation energy efficiency project that will benefit Jamaica and three other Caribbean countries.

Mr. Shaw said approximately 120 megawatts  of the 200 megawatts  are being generated by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) power plant in Montego Bay utilizing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), following its recent upgrade at a cost of over $2 billion.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

Small Plant, Big Impact: Powering Anguilla with the sun


Each day as the sun bathes the 35.14 square miles of Anguilla, there is one spot where perhaps its rays are appreciated as more than just the signal of another beautiful day in paradise. The four-acre spot stands out from the surrounding topography. The green scrub has been removed and replaced with blue and silver solar panels. This is the location where the Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd (ANGLEC) took its first step into the arena of renewable energy by constructing a one megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant.

There is strong renewable energy potential on the island, mainly from resources like solar and wind. ANGLEC CEO, David Gumbs, says the path towards incorporating renewable energy into the electricity generation process, and identifying the right energy source, was a long one.

“It is something that took a lot of learning and researching of the various technologies, particularly here at ANGLEC,” he said.

Read more at: Caribbean Development Bank