CSEF opens Sunday in Belize

FLASHBACK: The Ministerial Panel in discussion at CSEF V last year
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Minister of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities of Belize, the Hon. Frank Mena, will declare open the sixth edition of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) on Sunday at the Placencia Hotel, Belize.

The premier energy forum in the Region occurring during CARICOM Energy Month, CSEF is being held under the theme, theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance & Regulations’. CSEF provides the opportunity for key stakeholders to take stock of the current state and realign their outlook on the pursuit of a sustainable energy pathway within the Region.

The opening ceremony at the Placencia Hotel will feature a keynote address by former Prime Minister of Aruba, Mr. Mike Eman. The hour-and-a-half long ceremony will also hear from key regional officials and partners including Chief Executive Officer in the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities of Belize, Dr. Peter Allen; Programme Leader, Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC); Climate Resilient and Sustainable Energy Supply in the Caribbean (Cli-Res) GIZ, Mr. Simon Zellner; First Secretary and Head of Green Economy, Energy and Resilience Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Eastern Caribbean, OECS, CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Mr. Bogdan Stefanescu; and CARICOM Programme Manager, Energy, Dr, Devon Gardner.

A line-up of prominent energy stakeholders will make presentations during the event on matters ranging from geopolitics, climate change and governance, to creating resilience and energy security with the Region.

One of the main features of the event is a High-level Ministerial Panel which will focus on key areas of Regional Energy Security and Climate Resilience. The panel sits on Monday 19 November, at the Belize Ocean Club and will discuss ‘Establishing the Recipe and Identifying the Ingredients for Regional Security and Climate Resilience. Discussants are: Minister of Energy and Water Resources of Barbados, the Hon. Wilfred Abrahams; Minister Mena; Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development and Transport of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon. Ian Liburd; and Minister of Public Infrastructure of Guyana, the Hon. David Patterson; and Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Nicole Olivierre.

Other panels will tackle subjects such as the role of CCREEE in envisioning the acceleration of a clean energy marketing development in CARICOM; reducing the implementation deficit; island-appropriate clean energy development, making the Caribbean climate-smart and the clean energy transition in CARICOM. Two concurrent technical workshops will be held on 21 November. They will address Utility Business models and Innovation in rate-making and Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the Energy and Transport Sectors.

The CSEF VI is being co-hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Government of Belize, in partnership with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR). Key sponsorship and technical support for the staging of the CSEF VI will be provided by the TAPSEC, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ); the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE); the Organisation of American States (OAS); the Public Utilities Commission (PUC); Belize Electricity Limited; and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF).

Please keep abreast with the discussions via the CSEF website


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