SG calls for new model for development finance

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday
Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) believes that a new model for development finance needs to be considered.

Speaking during the accreditation ceremony for the new Swedish Ambassador to the Community on Wednesday at the CARICOM Secretariat’s, Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque stated that GDP per capita should not be the principal measurement used in determining the development status of a country.

“We will continue to advocate for the use of a more accurate and realistic measure of development which considers vulnerability, including exposure to natural disasters and other exogenous shocks,” he said. “In the interest of realising our economic aspirations as a Community, we believe that a new paradigm in development finance needs to be considered,” he added.

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund presented her credentials to the Secretary-General who noted that her accreditation was a continuation of years of building bilateral relations with the Member States of the Community and a bi-regional dialogue between CARICOM and the countries of the Nordic region. Sweden is one of the countries in the Nordic Group with which CARICOM has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Political Dialogue and Cooperation.

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CARICOM closer to developing regional regulations to improve energy performance in buildings

 

Members of the Regional Project Team, with invited officials in the front row (L-R): Mr. Glynn Morris, Programme Leader of the GIZ-implemented Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme; Mrs. Sandy Peters-Phillips, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, St. Vincent and Grenadines; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy in the CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Ezra Ledger, Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards; Mr. Deryck  Omar, Chief Executive Officer of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality.
Members of the Regional Project Team, with other officials. In front row (L-R):
Mr. Glynn Morris, Programme Leader, GIZ-implemented REETA Programme; Ms. Sandy Peters-Phillips, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, St. Vincent and Grenadines; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Ezra Ledger, Director, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards; Mr. Deryck Omar, Chief Executive Officer, CROSQ

Energy conservation and the implementation of an Energy Efficiency Building Code are critical to mitigate the impacts of climate change which pose great risks to countries, like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, within the Caribbean. This was the sentiment expressed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce in St. Vincent and Grenadines, Ms. Sandy Peters-Phillips, on Monday 24 July, 2017, when she addressed the opening of the Second Meeting of the Regional Project Team (RPT) for the Development of the CARICOM Energy Efficiency Building Code (EEBC).

The Meeting was held in Kingstown over two days, 24-25 July 2017, and, according to Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy within the CARICOM Secretariat, signalled the “collective intent of CARICOM to act in a collaborative and cohesive manner to give life an Energy Efficiency Building Code for the Region”.

Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who was at the technical meeting session, provided critical insight into a number of key issues, especially the legal requirements and socioeconomic considerations at national levels, of which the RPT should be mindful. He indicated that the inclusive approach that was being pursued, with regard to the EEBC development, could contribute to balancing the technical options, which were being considered by the experts, with the national realities and provide an easier path for country adoption.

At this, the Second Meeting, the RPT reached consensus on a Draft Caribbean Application Document (CAD), just four months after the first meeting was convened in Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting also resulted in the endorsement of a programme of work for the effective, efficient and timely completion of the Regional EEBC.

Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, makes a point while addressing members of the Regional Project Team at their second meeting in St. Vincent on Monday, 24 July.
Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, makes a point while addressing members of the Regional Project Team at their second meeting in St. Vincent on Monday, 24 July

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CARICOM at Expo Astana

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States are among exhibitors in the Republic of Kazakhstan participating in Expo Astana from 10 June-10 September, 2017. The theme of the Exposition is ‘Future Energy’.

The Caribbean Plaza comprises CARICOM Member States in a Joint Pavilion. In keeping with the theme of the Exposition, ‘Future Energy’,  those Member States, with a common voice, will showcase to visitors the characteristics of the Caribbean’s natural environment and how the Region faces its energy future. The Caribbean Plaza recognises the key role that energy plays in development and also recognises that alternative and renewable energy sources are key to sustainable growth.

Trinidadian winners of CARICOM Energy Month contests get prizes

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Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who won places in the CARICOM Energy Month Photography and Art  and Video competitions, received their prizes earlier this week.

The prizes were presented to the winners at a simple ceremony held at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago.

Candice Sobers and Seon Thompson, both of Trinidad and Tobago placed second, and third, respectively, in the Photo and Art Competition, and won US$2000 and US$1000, respectively. Guyanese Keron Bruce won the US$3000 first prize.

In the Amateur Category of the Photo and Art Competition, Donna Berment won first place, Debra Thomas, second and Nirvana Jones- Armour, third. The video competition winners were Fidel Iwueke, first place, and Camryn Bruno – who could not attend the ceremony – second place.

Nadia Mohammed, Project Officer, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, Seon Thompson (Third Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Debra Thomas (Second Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Donna Berment (First Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Nirvana Jones- Armour (Third Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Candice Sobers (Second Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Fidel Iwueke (First Place Winner, Video Competition), Anita Hankey, Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago
Nadia Mohammed, Project Officer, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, Seon Thompson (Third Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Debra Thomas (Second Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Donna Berment (First Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Nirvana Jones- Armour (Third Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Candice Sobers (Second Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Fidel Iwueke (First Place Winner, Video Competition), Anita Hankey, Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago

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Grenada PM presents vision for Small States Forum

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell

 The new chairman of the World Bank’s Small States Forum, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, presented his vision for the Forum’s future at the ‘Small States Engagement Update 2017′ held on April 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Prime Minister Mitchell outlined the agility of Small States and the need for a change in narrative where small size is not seen as a disadvantage but as a distinct advantage.

The 2015 Paris Agreement (COP21) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have shifted the World’s trajectory as it relates to the importance of the role that Small States occupy. Dr. Mitchell noted that some islands have up to 1,000 times more space at sea than they do on land and, as a result, have been at the forefront of the SDG 14 on oceans.

The Grenadian Prime Minister also remarked on the potential for Small States in areas such as the Blue Economy, renewable energy and technology.

“In the Pacific they have created ‘the OPEC of Tuna Fisheries,’ and the ‘Pacific Possible’ initiative seeks new opportunities beyond fisheries.”


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