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St. Vincent and the Grenadines — Multi-Sector Energy Stakeholder Consultation

On Friday July 31st, 2009 at the Methodist Hall Church in Kingstown, Senior Government officials of St. Vincent and the Grenadines convened with OAS representatives and Partners a multi-sector stakeholder consultation to present the Cabinet-approved National Energy Policy (NEP).

The Government was represented by Minister Dr. Jerrol Thompson (Ministry of Telecommunications, Science, Technology & Industry), and Mr. Leonard Deane (Director, Energy Unit, Prime Minister’s Office). Other senior Government officials present included Chairman of the National Energy Committee, Sir Vincent Beache and Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Godfred Pompey. Minister Thompson addressed the opening ceremony on behalf of the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of Energy. This consultation allow discussions on the urgency of addressing the opportunities to advance in the implementation of the NEP through an effective and consensual Energy Action Plan (EAP) among government representatives of St. Vincent and the Grenadines together with the relevant ministries, electric utility-VINLEC, non-profit organizations, private sector, academia, civil society, regional and international experts.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- Multi-Sector Energy Stakeholder Consultation

St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- Multi-Sector Energy Stakeholder Consultation

A key objective for this consultation was to review in a collaborative manner the proposed implementation targets and actions that will be undertaken to achieve the goals laid out by the NEP, since a long-term sustainability in the energy sector will require considerable group effort and participation among all of the key energy actors in this arena.

The Energy Unit, the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programmed financed by the GTZ, the OAS and CSEP Partners have been working together to advance the preparation of a comprehensive implementation plan that will lay out a pathway for the transition of the energy sector toward a more sustainable future. The approach is expected to target energy efficiency improvements, the incorporation of renewable energy alternatives, institutional strengthening, and other measures that will help reduce energy costs while enhancing the reliability of the system.

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