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CIPORE-Press Release #2: Training Workshop I


Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy Training Workshop
Ocho Rios, Jamaica – February 24, 2009

The Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE) was built on contract to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by the Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS). CEIS itself is an initiative of CARICOM Heads of Government since 1987. It is a network of some eighteen (18) Caribbean countriesand the Regional Focal Point (RFP) of the network is headquartered at the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Jamaica.

CIPORE is the information and communication system for the exchange of Renewable Energy information for the region. It will provide information on projects and media galleries of renewable energy sites among other things for thirteen participating Caribbean territories.

Some of the major components of the Platform include:
•    An Information Centre with articles and speeches on renewable energy, a projects database, legislations, statistics and energy calculator.
•    A Communications Centre which features a directory, forums, chatrooms and access to host live meetings with up to 20 persons online from anywhere in the world.
•    A Demonstration Centre also carries photo galleries, video galleries, media downloads and Virtual Tours of Renewable Energy sites across the Caribbean.
•    Every participating country also has its own Country Page which offers a RE Snapshot, news, events and projects in the particular country.
•    The News section is devoted to RE developments in the region for each participating territory.

Uploading of information will be done from National Focal Points (NFPs) in participating territories. To this end a regional training workshop was held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel, Ocho Rios February 24-25, 2009.

The workshop was preceded by a brief Opening Ceremony chaired by Mr. Hawthorne Watson, Manager, Information Services Division (SRC), who welcomed all and acknowledged persons seated at the head table; Dr. Audia Barnett, Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Mr. Joseph Williams, Programme Manager, CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Thomas Scheutzlich, Principal Advisor, Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme  (CREDP) / German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) St. Lucia, and Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Group Managing Director, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

The guest speaker was Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, who spoke on the topic “Renewable Energy for the Caribbean”.

The vote of thanks was given by Ms. Cheryl Medford, Director of Educational Library Services Division, National Library Information System Authority, Trinidad and Tobago.

Training for the Platform encompassed:
•    Introduction to CIPORE
•    Individual interactions with the platform
•    Addressing CIPORE workflow issues and protocols
•    Site Administration
•    Basic Content Management Functions such as posting articles, uploading pictures and videos.
•    Data entry and updating of CIPORE online databases
•    Group Activity
•    Q&A Sessions

Participants included representatives from Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, other stakeholders and regional organizations such as CARICOM and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

The training was executed by staff of the MIS and CEIS units of the Scientific Research Council which also developed the Platform.

With the conclusion of the training, participants will continue to manage and upload content to CIPORE for their respective territories prior to and after a launch of the Platform scheduled in April 2009.

Certificates of Participation for completing the course were awarded.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and CARICOM for the project was held at SRC headquarters on Hope Road, St. Andrew on Friday, September 26, 2008.

The Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) which is headquartered at the Scientific Research Council (SRC) won the consultancy to develop the platform.

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