Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has proposed a Caribbean Energy Thematic Fund for CARICOM member states, to address regional energy security.
Speaking at the first Caribbean Energy Security Summit, which took place in Washington, DC yesterday, the Prime Minister reaffirmed her government’s commitment to working with the United States and other Caribbean countries in fostering a “cleaner, more sustainable energy future” in the region.
Persad-Bissessar said, “Energy is at the heart of efforts to build resilience through improved competitiveness and stronger energy security.”
Meanwhile … Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne has made a case for countries in the region to receive grant and concessionary funding to catalyze investments in renewable energy sources and to mitigate the risks involved with the development of some of the technologies, such as geothermal.
Prime Minister Browne pointed out that taking renewable energy to another level will ensure energy security for the region.
He said Developing our renewable energy potential so that we are much better insulated from the vagaries of the hydrocarbon markets is the ultimate form of energy security our region needs.
This country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Camillo Gonsalves attended the meeting.