From left, keynote speaker, Mr. John Jackson, Chairman of the Jamaica Deposit Insurance Cooperation and Board Member of the Development of the Bank of Jamaica; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Jan W. Bleyl, Trainer/Facilitator; Professor Tara Dasgupta, University of the West Indies; Mr. Simon Zellner, GIZ REETA; and Mr. Dan Potash, USAID CARCEP
Representatives of various institutions in Jamaica are currently participating in a workshop that aims to improve their financial literacy in complex Energy Service Company (ESCo) projects.
Public, financial and private institutions are represented at the three-day workshop which began on Monday morning at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
The workshop is being convened by the CARICOM Secretariat with the joint support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme (GIZ-REETA); USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Programme (CARCEP); United Nations Environmental Programme – Global Environment Facility (UNEP GEF); and Build Better Jamaica and National Housing Trust.
The just-concluded Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy has made progress on the full operationalisation of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) by the middle of this year.
This was one of the key outcomes of the meeting which was held on 19 April, 2018, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, according to Chairman of the Meeting, Senator the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados.
He told the Communications Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat that the meeting made “good progress” on labelling of energy efficient equipment which would serve as a guide to the populace to buy more efficient appliances and equipment.
Resilience in electricity grids was discussed substantially, particularly in the context of the natural disasters that have been occurring in the Region, Minister Boyce said.
Listen as the Minister speaks (above) about the outcomes of the Meeting.
At the opening ceremony of the Special Meeting of COTED on Energy are, from left, Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat; Sen. the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Chairman of the 73rd COTED on Energy, and Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister, Barbados; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat; and Ms. Corlita Babb-Schaefer, General Counsel, CARICOM Secretariat
Regional Ministers of Energy on Thursday met at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and were charged to ensure that the progress that the sector is registering is felt by the average Caribbean person.
Barbados Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Darcy Boyce chaired the one-day 73rd Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy, and expressed satisfaction with the progress the Region was making on the energy front.
However, he cautioned that the benefits of those efforts that are being taken filter to the average Caribbean person.
“We also have to make ensure that the benefits of the work that we are doing in energy efficiency and renewable energy redound to the benefit of the average consumer, in the homes, in the businesses of our countries”, he said.
Work on drafting an operational plan for the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) gets underway later this month.
National governments, key regional institutions and development agencies will meet for the first planning workshop of the TAPSEC from 24-26 April, in the Dominican Republic. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Dominican Republic.
The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for strategic and implementing partners to discuss and reach consensus on drafting the operational plan to guide the TAPSEC programme. The draft operational plan will be used as a basis for discussion to set goals and planning activities for the first 20 months of the programme implementation by December 2019. (more…)
From left, the Hon. Paul Lewis, Minister of Communications, Works and Labour, Montserrat; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat; and Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat.
The Hon. Paul Lewis, Montserrat Minister of Communication, Works and Labour, handed over the document to Mr. Joseph Cox, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, during a Special Meeting of Officials of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy.
Energy officials and partners began gathering at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, in preparation for the Special COTED Ministerial Meeting on Thursday, also at the Secretariat.