Work advances to make CCREEE fully operational by June

The just-concluded Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy has made progress on the full operationalisation of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) by the middle of this year.

This was one of the key outcomes of the meeting which was held on 19 April, 2018 at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, according to Chairman of the Meeting, Senator the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados.

He told the Communications Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat that the meeting made “good progress” on labelling of energy efficient equipment which would serve as a guide to the populace to buy more efficient  appliances and equipment.

Resilience in electricity grids was discussed substantially, particularly in the context of the natural disasters that have been occurring in the Region.

Listen as the Minister speaks (above) about the outcomes of the Meeting.

CCREEE, regional energy security among matters before Ministers at Special COTED

Montserrat deposited its instruments of ratification of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), on Tuesday. The CARICOM Member State became the fifth Member States to do so, effectively paving the way for the establishment of the Centre’s legal identity by mid next month.

The Hon. Paul Lewis, Montserrat Minister of Communication, Works and Labour, handed over the document to Mr. Joseph Cox, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, during a Special Meeting of Officials of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy.

Energy officials and partners began gathering at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, in preparation for the Special COTED Ministerial Meeting on Thursday, also at the Secretariat.

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CARICOM records noteworthy successes in 2017 despite challenges

Secretary-General at the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference with the UN SG Antonio Guterres and Head of UNDP Achim Steiner
CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque (l) at the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (r) and Head of UNDP Achim Steiner

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The more than US$2B pledged at the CARICOM-UN Conference for long-term recovery for hurricane-affected countries and the establishment of the regional renewable energy center are among the successes CARICOM recorded for 2017 in spite of the year’s challenges.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his End of Year Message that the Community was ending 2017 with several other noteworthy achievements, including a change in posture by International Financial Institutions and some Development Partners with respect to access to concessionary development financing.

“It is encouraging to note that our relentless advocacy with respect to the lack of access to concessional development financing appears to be bearing fruit. There is some re-thinking on this issue taking place at the level of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and some of our international development partners (IDPs),” the Secretary-General stated.

Adding that CARICOM will continue to advocate for this change he said the Region’s vulnerability to external shocks, which the hurricanes laid bare, emphasised the urgent need for the international community to dispense with GDP per capita as a primary criterion for access to concessional development financing. (more…)

CARICOM Heads of Government sign Agreement establishing Energy Institution


Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government on Thursday signed the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). The signing was done at the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in St. George’s, Grenada.  
The signing of the Agreement by ten countries – Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname – represents the clearing of the penultimate hurdle to the legal establishment of the Centre. The last step is the ratification of the Agreement by at least five signatories. As the only CARICOM institution with an exclusive energy mandate, the Barbados-based CCREEE is intended to function as the implementation hub for the CARICOM Energy Policy, as well as the Caribbean Sustainable Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). When it is fully operational, the Centre is expected to improve the quantity and quality of programmes and projects in sustainable energy within the Region. Energy plays a critical part in supporting the sustainable development of Caribbean countries and the CCREEE, an action-oriented institution, can lead to improvements in sustainable energy production, delivery and use, through increased renewable energy applications and energy efficiency measures.

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