CARICOM Energy Month begins
CARICOM Energy Month begins today under the theme ‘Empowering people, building resilience’.
The Month will be launched in Grenada on 6 November during the opening of the Caribbean Marine Energy Technology (CariMET) Forum, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grande Anse, Grenada.
Prime Minster of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, lead Head of Government with responsibility for Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet, will deliver the main address at the opening of the Forum. His address will be delivered under the theme ‘Marine Energy at the Centre: The Pursuit of Blue Economic Development within Caribbean SIDS.’
In addition to the Forum, there will be other activities to mark the month including is a Caribbean Renewable Energy and Data Statistics Workshop scheduled for the 27-29.
The Month is a celebration of the significant strides that have been made within the CARICOM Region in its transition to a sustainable energy pathway.The Month of activities evolved from CARICOM Energy Week (CEW) which was established in 2011 following a mandate from Caribbean Energy Ministers. Since its inauguration in 2016, CEM has become the seminal event on the calendar of energy stakeholders including academia, policy-makers, the private sector, youth, and development partners.
In addition to regional activities, CARICOM Member States also have planned events in observance of the Month.
For instance, in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Ministry of Utilities will host a month of activities showcasing the positive developments in the local energy sector.
Minister with responsibility for Utilities, the Hon. Ian Patches Liburd said that activities include a motorcade on Saturday, 23 November, which will see LED street lamps distributed to various communities. There will also be an Energy Fair on Friday, November 29.
According to the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service, the Minister of Utilities laid out his Ministry’s vision, saying, “our ministry intends to take the concept of being resilient beyond that of the energy industry into the arena of personal health and fitness.”
Minister Liburd added: “We have, therefore, organised a yoga session at the National Heroes Park at 5:00pm on Thursday, November 7 and teamed up with SKN MOVES for a ‘socacise’ event at the Ministry’s parking lot at 5:00pm on Friday, November 15.”