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Caribbean energy forum focuses on information management

 

A four-day energy forum has mapped out a strategy for energy information collection, dissemination, management and planning in Caribbean countries.

 

The Regional Energy Information Forum and the Workshop on Energy Balance and Planning Models, jointly staged by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), aimed to establish a harmonized approach to energy planning and management in oil, gas, electricity and renewable energy.

 

The session, which concluded Thursday in Jamaica, explored ways to improve data-gathering in order to inform policy decisions and changes in the regional energy sector, the Secretariat said.

 

CARICOM’s Energy Program Manager, Joseph Williams, emphasised the role energy development plays in the economic progress of individual countries.

 

“It can be easily argued that the level of underdevelopment, even the level of debt, in many of the countries is directly linked to their adverse energy situations,” he said.

 

Hillary Alexander, on behalf of the Jamaican Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, highlighted the need to “seminally change how we do business, including how to collect, analyze and share data.”

 

Although some Caribbean countries are producers of petroleum, the primary energy challenge for the region as a whole is still the heavy dependence on imported petroleum, which has been hindering regional economic and social development.

 

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-12/13/c_132966109.htm



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