Stakeholders want CARICOM Heads of Government to meet on energy

CSEF V Panellits during the final discussion
CSEF V panelists during the final discussion

Participants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables.

The general thinking at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held from 23 – 25 January, 2017, in The Bahamas, was that while there is steady progress, the challenges of transitioning to clean energy can be solved if they are placed in a political context. This is against the background of the promotion of sustainable energy as the vehicle through which CARICOM Member States will become economically competitive and advance the human services that are required for an acceptable quality of life. The bottom line is the availability of more reliable energy and the ability of citizens of the Community to enjoy cleaner energy, hence the need for political attention.

Over two days at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, The Bahamas, several panels featuring government Ministers and some of the biggest names in the regional energy field discussed a range of issues pertinent to the Community’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Discussions centred on the CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP) and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) and regulatory matters; building a culture of effective statistics and information management; funding the transition; and identifying knowledge, skills and quality requirements. (more…)

Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum gets underway Monday

The Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas
The Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas

The fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) gets underway in Nassau, The Bahamas, Monday evening under the theme ‘Future Energy, 2027’. Prime Minster of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Forum which will be held at the British Colonial Hilton.

The focus of the three-day event, designed around an agenda of constructive engagement, is the Region’s transformation from a fossil fuel base to sustainable energy. The Forum will seek to catalyse consensus among stakeholders on what they are prepared to do to further define and support the long-term commitments that are necessary for energy transformation within CARICOM.

The Forum has attracted more than 100 participants including Government Ministers, senior officials representing national, regional and international institutions and industry experts. They will reflect on a number of matters ranging from energy, climate and sustainable development and their effective linkages to the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) to lessons learned over the past five years regarding energy transition, and information and capacity-building. Participants will also discuss financing the Region’s sustainable energy needs and provide an outlook for the next ten years.


Regional Transportation Commission meets in Georgetown

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTRC) met at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on February 1, to continue its work towards the provision of adequate, efficient and safe transportation services at affordable cost to the people of the Community.

In July 2013, conscious that transportation services delivered in CARICOM had to address the needs of the travelling public and intra-Regional trade and also serve to integrate the Community, the CARICOM Heads of Government agreed to the urgent establishment of a Transportation Commission to address air and maritime transportation matters.

In the context of the Commission, Regional transportation issues for both air and maritime transportation relate to the delivery of adequate, fair, competitive, efficient transportation services at affordable costs; the paramount need for the safety and security of the transportation infrastructure; the cost and sustainability of transportation in the Region; and the strengthening of the economic development of the CARICOM Region and the Member States, and their economic integration through trade and the movement of people and freight. (more…)