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Paulwell Says Region Should Focus on Energy Transformation

paulwell-portrait-640x425                                                                                     Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell (file photo)


GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Jamaica’s Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says the region needs to remain focused on priority areas to fully transform the energy sector.


In his opening remarks at the 54th special meeting of the Council of Trade and Economic Development(COTED) on Wednesday, Paulwell noted that although the region has made progress in sustainable energy solutions, significant barriers and gaps remain.


“In the coming decades these barriers to renewable energy access, energy efficiency and reliable grid development and deployment must be overcome,” he said.


“Through a cohesive regional effort coordinated and fully supported by each member state of Caricom (Caribbean Community), I am confident we will achieve our objectives,” he said.


According to Paulwell, the transformation of the energy sector is a long-term process and if implemented, the policies, projects and initiatives will result in “effective and efficient sustainable energy development, making our region a global leader in the production and use of clean, renewable, sustainable energy”.


Concerning the establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, that was endorsed by the 39th COTED in November, he said the region must now proceed with details which will ensure its effective and harmonious operations.


Paulwell, while welcoming the United States government’s support for the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, urged his colleagues to “continue with alacrity to advance, the regional agenda and invigorate the symbiotic relationship that binds us together as a community”.



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