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Leaders urged to give renewable energy priority


Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General Deodat Maharaj.


Prime Minister Gaston Browne and other Caribbean leaders are being urged to recognise the importance of renewable energy.


Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General Deodat Maharaj said the move towards green energy is particularly important for Caribbean territories.


“I think policy- makers have to understand quite clearly that we can’t be so externally reliant on oil for our energy. Not only does it cost a lot of money, but the fact is it’s not good for the environment,” the secretary general said.


Maharaj said since the prime export product and foreign exchange earner for Antigua & Barbuda and many of its neighbours is tourism, there is a greater need for them “to be clean, green and serene.”


“What we need in the Caribbean is bold policy initiatives… We have control over the policies that we make and our policymakers and leadership need to look closely and act in a decisive and concerted manner on some of these issues,” he charged.


Meantime, the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General is warning local politicians that a failure to pay attention to the youth will put the future of the nation in jeopardy.


Maharaj said youth under achievement is one of the most pressing issues facing Caribbean states today.


“I am also concerned with youth underachievement in the Caribbean, particularly boy’s underachievement,” he said. “When you look at the data of boys graduating from primary, secondary and universities the girls are doing much better and the boys are dropping out.”


He said if this trend persists the region would be in “a serious dilemma 10, 15, 20 years from now.”



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