St. Vincent and the Grenadines will host a Regional Network Meeting of Ozone Officers for the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti will be held here later this month.

The Government, through the National Ozone Unit within the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technology, will host the Meeting from May 28th to June 1st at Beachcombers Hotel.

During this week, the government will also host the first Regional Training Workshop for Customs and Excise Officers in E-licensing for the implementation of the phase-out management plans under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

The meetings will be convened with support of the Compliance Assistance Program of the UN Environment.

The objectives of the meeting are to assist countries in strengthening and enhancing their capacities to achieve and sustain their Hydro-Chloro-Fluoro-Carbon (HCFC) phase out management plan.

It will also seek to provide guidelines for the early ratification of the Kigali Amendment and subsequent (HFC) phase down management plans.

The Official opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday May 30th commencing at 9am at the Beachcombers Hotel.

Through the sharing of experiences, participating National Ozone Officers will become more knowledgeable of the benefits of adapting to low global warming potential; climate friendly, energy efficient technologies; and strengthening of capacity amongst customs officers to combat illegal trade of ozone depleting substances.

In addition to National Ozone Officers, representatives of key regional and international partners, United Nations Agencies, the Multilateral Fund and Ozone Secretariat will be in attendance.