MEDIA ADVISORY: Special Meeting of COTED on Energy

The 73rd Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) (Energy) will be held at the  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Thursday, 19 April, 2018.

The meeting will be chaired by Senator, the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados.

Representatives of the Media are invited to cover the following:

EVENT: Opening Ceremony, 73rd Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) (Energy)

DATE: 19 April, 2018

Time: 10 o’clock

VENUE: CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana

Kindly make every effort to be present by at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony for timely coverage of the event.

Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow warming

OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man-made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures.

Research into “solar geo-engineering”, which would mimic big volcanic eruptions that can cool the Earth by masking the sun with a veil of ash, is now dominated by rich nations and universities such as Harvard and Oxford.

Twelve scholars, from countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica and Thailand, wrote in the journal Nature on Wednesday that the poor were most vulnerable to global warming and should be more involved.

 “Developing countries must lead on solar geo-engineering research,” they wrote in a commentary.
Read more at: Reuters

Single ICT space in focus at Prime Minsters’ summit

Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, and lead Head of Government for Science and Technology in CARICOM‘s Quasi Cabinet, on Tuesday 16 January delivered the keynote address at the Prime Ministers’ Forum in Antigua and Barbuda. The Forum is an initiative of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD).

Listen to this Grenada Government Information Service broadcast on the address:

Push for change at individual level towards energy efficiency

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The role of individuals in energy conservation and efficiency across the Region was underscored on Monday during the launch of the Regional Building Energy Efficiency Programme (RBEEP) at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

Influencing a difference in their outlook and the way that people utilise energy in their own spheres, is one of the key outcomes that the RBEEP hopes to achieve.


The RBEEP is geared at cutting energy use in buildings in the Region while maintaining the quality of energy provided; reducing demand for imported fuel; and stimulating replication in CARICOM.

Speakers at the day-long forum highlighted the importance, not only of changes at the national, policy, administrative and technical levels, but also the critical impact of actions at a personal level.

Energy Conservation Tips
Turn off and unplug all appliances and equipment when not in use; Use lights only when necessary and remember to turn off all switches;  Replace all incandescent bulbs with new CFL or LED bulbs; Always remember to put a lid on the pot when cooking; Fix leaky faucets; Turn off all taps tightly; Minismise the opening and closing of air conditioned rooms; Use natural air conditioning. Build with good ventilation; Remember to save energy by car pooling; Buy energy efficiency appliances
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Walk the Talk for Energy on Saturday

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Programme will hold its Regional Energy Kilo-walk on November 25, 2017 at 6 am from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana.

Under the slogan ‘Re-Thinking Energy – Shaping a Resilient Community: Walk the talk’ participants from the length and breadth of Guyana, across all differences, will attend the event as we seek to highlight the role of citizens in securing their own sustainable energy future by providing information on the steps that can be taken to empower them to do so.

Updated Kilowalk Poster

The event, which is a part of the series of planned activities in observance of CARICOM Energy Month 2017, aims to target a wide cross-section of society and is expected to provide a platform to increase awareness on sustainable energy matters as well as the efforts of the CARICOM Energy Programme, the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Energy Agency.

The walk will commence from the Arthur Chung Convention Centre westward, turning right onto Conversation Tree and along the Rupert Craig Highway to UG road, then heading west along the Railway Embankment and concluding at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters where participants will reassemble for a short programme and refreshments.

The event is expected to be attended by officials from the various Ministries, members of the Diplomatic Corp, members of staff, representative from various NGO’s, youth groups and the public.

Please see Kilo-Walk Programme