Wednesday, 12 October 2016

EU deepening ties with the Caribbean at Energy Conference

Yesterday’s start of the inaugural European Union-CARIFORUM Sustainable Energy Conference set the backdrop for a deepening of cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the Caribbean region.Speaking at the commencement of the two-day conference taking place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, the EU Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OCES and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Daniela Tramacere said the conference also represents a unique opportunity to push forward the agenda for the Caribbean’s full transition to a renewable, efficient and modern energy service, with a structure that has an enduring capability. “And to seal the commitment between the EU and the Caribbean region, today we will have an important ceremony, whereby a set of programme documents will be signed and this represents a key moment in the history of cooperation between the European Union and the Caribbean region,” she said. The signing ceremony in the first stance saw officials initialling the Joint Declaration on Reinforced Cooperation in the field of Sustainable Energy between the EU, the European Investment Bank and CARIFORUM, which us intended to support the Caribbean in its ambitious targets taken in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and to support partner countries prepare for the implementation of the nationally determined contribution in full alignment of the Global Sustainable Development Goals, adopted last September.