Savings from renewable energy should improve citizens’ lives — former Aruba PM

Former Aruba Prime Minister Mr. Michiel Eman delivering his address to CSEF VI on Monday
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by Kenton X Chance

PLACENCIA, Belize (CMC) — The Sixth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF VI) has begun here with the former prime minister of Aruba urging the region to acknowledge the fears of stakeholders in the non-renewable energy sector amidst the shift to renewables.

Mike Eman is also urging countries to ensure that any saving resulting from that shift should be used to improve the quality of life of citizens.

He told the conference, which ends on Wednesday, that his island has enjoyed impressive development, increasing from 2,000 to 8,000 the number of hotel rooms, and significant growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) and per capita income.

But Eman said while he was proud of the progress, he saw the deficiencies.

He said what was needed was not only-five star hotel but also five-star schools, neighbourhoods, healthcare, and homes — “a five-star quality of life.

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