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OAS launches project for biofuels development in Jamaica

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department of
Sustainable Development, on Wednesday launched in Jamaica a project that
supports the development and implementation of biofuels policies and
programs in the Caribbean country.

The initiative — Technical
Assistance for Biofuels Development and Policy Support in Jamaica —
seeks to establish a strong legal and regulatory framework for a vibrant
liquid biofuels industry, facilitate the sharing of perspectives among
the respective stakeholders and advise on appropriate technologies.

“The
OAS is committed to supporting Jamaica in the articulation of a
sustainable bioenergetic policy,” said Francisco Burgos, OAS Specialist
on Energy and Sustainable Development. “In this sense, the initiative we
launched today seeks to strengthen the country’s experience in the
production of biofuels, placing special emphasis on the social, economic
and environmental aspects that said industry demands.”

The OAS
is a partner organization in the US-Brazil Bilateral Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) on Biofuels Cooperation. Currently, this regional
organization helps to implement partnership activities in the
third-party countries that are beneficiaries of the said agreement,
including Jamaica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Guatemala,
Honduras and St Kitts and Nevis.

The OAS also supports other
sustainable energy activities in the Caribbean, such as the Caribbean
Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) for the development of national energy
policies and implementation measures (in Antigua and Barbuda, the
Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent
and the Grenadines), and the Eastern Caribbean Geothermal Project
(Geo-Caraïbes), which supports assessment and market conditioning for
the development of geothermal power in Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, and
St. Lucia.

The project’s launching was held on Wednesday
in Kingston, with the participation of Francisco Burgos; James
Robertson, Jamaica’s Minister of Energy and Mining; and Hillary
Alexander, Permanent Secretary in Jamaica’s Ministry of Energy and
Mining.



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