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Jamaica’s Participation in the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative Launched

Engaging and informative Public Private Dialogue offered an enabling platform for information sharing, understanding the challenges and examining the opportunities of the energy sector for public and private partnership.

Kingston, Jamaica

Report by Caribbean Energy Information System

On Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining (MSTEM) in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched Jamaica’s participation in the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The launch was followed by two panel discussions of the Public Private Dialogue Forum with representatives from various sectors.

The Official Logo of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

This year has been designated by the UN Secretary General as the International “Year of Sustainable Energy for All” with a similarly titled initiative simply dubbed as SE4ALL.  The SE4ALL aims to reach its goals by 2030; goals which include the provision of access to modern services for all; doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the national energy mix.

Official Launch of Jamaica’s Participation

Dr. Arun Kashyap, UN Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

Dr. Arun Kashyap, UN Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative gave his opening remarks highlighting that sustainable energy was about powering the future.  In his speech, he noted that though Jamaica’s current economy placed limits on how much social development it could facilitate due to the nation’s high indebtedness; the country still had a need for energy reform. Jamaica is known as the most energy-intensive country in the English-speaking Caribbean. Thus, Dr. Kashyap pointed to the need for investments in sustainable energy which had the potential to create jobs while addresses our energy issues. He further added that the creativity of entrepreneurs in Jamaica can be fostered to meet the needs of customers through the development of new business models. He spoke of the role that policy support and incentives played in supporting the market; the role of the regulators in the environment and need for research in the sector.

Mr. Crispin Gregoire, Director for the Caribbean Programme, UNDP Headquarters  also gave his opening remarks citing the critical role private sector entities play in being drivers of the energy sector with new innovative ideas.

Minister of State, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), Hon. Julian Robinson

The Minister of State, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), Hon. Julian Robinson delivered the keynote address and officially launched the SE4ALL in Jamaica. The Minister painted a true picture of Jamaica’s current energy crisis and noted that energy remains the number one challenge facing the country.

 Sustainable Energy For All Campaign Video

The Official Opening was chaired by Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, Environment and Energy Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) who also provided the Welcome and Opening Remarks.


Public Private Dialogue

Panelists for the Public Private Dialogue as a Platform towards Sustainable Energy in Jamaica panel discussion. From left to right: Dr. Stacey-Ann Wilson, Technical Advisor to the Minister of State, MSTEM; Dr. Al Binger, Coordinator, SIDS DOCK; Ms. Michelle Chin Lenn, Project Manager, Wigton Windfarm Limited and Mr. Ahmed Zia Mian, Director General, Office of the Utilities Regulation. Not shown here is Dr. Oral Rainford, Principal Director, Policy, Planning, Development & Evaluation Division, MSTEM.

Post the SE4ALL Launch, the afternoon session was filled with informative and engaging discussions from two panels. The first dealt with the Public Private Dialogue as a Platform towards Sustainable Energy in Jamaica. The chairperson for this session was Dr. Stacey-Ann Wilson, Technical Advisor to the Minister of State, MSTEM.

Opening this panel with his presentation was Dr. Al Binger, Coordinator, SIDS DOCK who presented, “25-50-25 by 2030- How SIDS-DOCK and SE4ALL can Facilitate the Restructuring of SIDS Energy Mix.” Dr. Binger drove home the point that Climate Change is to be a major concern for us given its impact on our lives. As the Caribbean Sea is already warmer by one degree- efficiency needs to become our number one priority. He noted the unique challenges Caribbean countries face given our challenge in the area of policy and our reliance on the sea in so many areas of our lives. His presentation did go further to highlight the opportunities and projects that SIDS-DOCK was pursuing to help SIDS/ Caribbean nations navigate through these changing times. Opportunities that included the creation of a Global Revolving Fund to support projects and a regional fund for Caribbean in association with the Caribbean Development Bank; a virtual network to showcase technology applications cross the SIDS globally and support for capacity building.

Dr. Oral Rainford, Principal Director, Policy, Planning, Development & Evaluation Division, MSTEM

Following this presentations were received from Ms. Michelle Chin Lenn, Project Manager, Wigton Windfarm Limited- “ Public Private Partnership in Action”; Mr. Ahmed Zia Mian, Director General, Office of the Utilities Regulation- “The Regulatory Framework creating an enabling environment to achieve SE4ALL in Jamaica.”; and Dr. Oral Rainford, Principal Director, Policy, Planning, Development & Evaluation Division, MSTEM- “ Jamaica’s Energy Policies as an Enabling Framework for SE4ALL in Jamaica.”

Table of panelists for the Public Private Dialogue focused on Private Sector Investment Opportunities towards SE4ALL in Jamaica. From left to right: Mr. David Barrett, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ); Mr. Gerald Lindo, Senior Energy Engineer, MSTEM; Mr. Ian Parsard, Vice President, Finance and Energy, Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd. And Mr. Edison Galbraith, General Manager for Loans, Development Bank of Jamaica.

The second and final session of the Public Private Dialogue focused on Private Sector Investment Opportunities towards SE4ALL in Jamaica.  Mr. David Barrett, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) chaired this final session.

It provided a look into the policy framework for public private partnerships in Jamaica. As well as the experiences and challenges of implementing a private company’s energy strategy in the context of the Vision 2030 and the SE4ALL initiative and closed with a look at Financing in Jamaica and the Opportunities for investment in Energy.” Presenters in this session were Mr. Gerald Lindo, Senior Energy Engineer, MSTEM; Mr. Ian Parsard, Vice President, Finance and Energy, Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd. And Mr. Edison Galbraith, General Manager for Loans, Development Bank of Jamaica.

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Public Private Dialogue Forum Presentations:

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About the Public Private Dialogue Forum

The UNDP is supporting the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) in developing capacity in the Public Sector, providing technical assistance for small scale renewable energy demonstrations and ascertaining active partnerships with the private sector through the establishment of a public-private dialogue forum under the auspices of Capacity Development for Energy Efficiency & Security in Jamaica.

 



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