The III Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum took place on Saint Kitts and Nevis on September 13 and 14. The title was “Advancing Energy Integration and Energy Access thorugh Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in CARICOM”. Mr. Conroy Watson, OLADE – Caribbean Sub-Regional Office Consultant participated in representation of the Organization.
“CSEF III seeks to position the Regional energy sector to plug into opportunities on global level platforms represented by Rio+20 Outcomes, IYSEFA, SIDS Dock, and the Green economy theme. CSEF III is therefore a gathering for policy makers, international development partners, regional energy stakeholders, civil society, energy experts and academia,” stated Mr. Joseph Williams, Programme Manager, Energy CARICOM Secretariat.
On the opening session, the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Honorable Dr. Denzil Douglas shared an introduction key speech. Mr. Conroy Watson, was a panelist in the Biofuels topic and shared a presentation on Contribution of Renewable Energy to the Total Energy Mix in the Member States of CARICOM, with the conclusion that Renewable Energies have an untapped potential in the Subregion which needs special emphasis.
The event received great acclaim, with the participation of more than 200 attendants from over 20 countries of the Region and the world. Among the special invitees present, were Mikko Pyhala, Ambassador of Finland for the Caribbean, Tessa Williams Robertson, Project Director of the Caribbean Development Bank, Patrick Doyle, Climate and Environment Senior Officer Inter American Development Bank (IADB), Chandra Sinhala, Lead Finance Specilaist of the Energy Group in the World Bank,
In addition, Mr. Watson had a parallel meeting with the Minister Responsible of Energy of Haiti, Dr. Rene Jean-Juneau, in order to share information about a mission from OLADE to that country.