The Fourth Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Ministerial Meeting will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, February 27 and 28, 2020. Jamaica’s hosting of the important event was announced at the III ECPA Ministerial held in Viña del Mar, Chile when Jamaica assumed chairmanship of ECPA in September 2017. Jamaica’s acceptance of the Chairmanship of ECPA is in line with its commitment to furthering the hemispheric and regional development agenda. The hosting of the Ministerial Meeting presents a valuable opportunity for Jamaica to highlight the progress made on the national level in its energy security and diversification efforts. It also presents an opportunity to demonstrate Jamaica’s leadership in promoting regional energy cooperation, strategic partnerships and open dialogue on energy related issues. Read more
The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT), is leading the effort for the hosting of this High-Level meeting, which is expected to see Energy Ministers from the thirty three (33) other member countries of ECPA and other regional dignitaries being present in Montego Bay for the two day event.
The Ministerial will be held in Montego Bay under the theme “Energy Resilience and Investment Opportunities”. This Ministerial will foster public-private policy dialogue between business and government leaders in the Americas on priorities, challenges, and opportunities for economic growth and development. Discussions will be centred on issues relating to financial mechanisms for clean and renewable energy, investment opportunities in energy efficiency, electric mobility as well as strategies to increase private sector engagement in energy infrastructure development.
For Hemispheric Dialogue on Energy
Ministers, Heads of Delegation, Energy Agencies, Private Sector and International Development Partners will be afforded a space to discuss actions to further country engagement and participation under the ECPA umbrella, and share their government’s priorities in energy.
Considering that Latin America and the Caribbean countries are conscious of the significant opportunities for economic growth and resilience that de-carbonization can create through expanded renewable energy use, greater energy efficiency, and the transition toward electric mobility, the Ministerial allows for greater dialogue on experiences, policy options, and technologies to ignite sustainable solutions in the Americas.
With the ocean front location and breath-taking views, the Montego Bay Convention Centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. This is one of the newest additions to the Meetings and Conventions market, with a combined total of 142,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition, ballroom, and plenary space.
The Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC) has combined world-class facilities, with cutting edge design, giving guests unparalleled space, flexibility and service in this vibrant Caribbean Island. MBCC delivers more customer-focused features, flexibility and state of the art services than any other facility in the region.
Offering more than 132,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space in the heart of Rose Hall’s elegant corridor, Montego Bay Convention Centre is a state-of-the-art facility, the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. Getting to the Montego Bay Convention Centre is a mere 15 minutes away from the Sangster International Airport with direct links from the highway.
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Given the high demand for hotel accommodation during this period, delegates are urged to reserve hotel accommodation at the earliest opportunity in order to benefit from discounted rates. For more information, click here.
All press briefings and interviews will be conducted in the Press Room (C6) located in block C of the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Events will be in English and Spanish. Request for Interview Forms and sign-up sheets for selected events will be available at the Information Desk in the Main Hall of Block C.
Request for Interviews
A Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in Miami, United States, on November 7, 2018. The 22 countries represented in the Preparatory Event took stock of the Partnership's progress with regard to energy sustainability, transition, and resilience. The Second Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 25, 2019. Based on the inputs provided by the countries through their National Focal Points, the Steering Committee, with the support of the OAS, produced the agenda of the IV ECPA Ministerial Meeting.
ECPA Pre Ministerial Highlights
Ministerial Dialogue Series
Electric Mobility in the Americas: Regional Strategies for Common Challenges. See report here.
Gender and Energy: Considerations for a Diverse and Inclusive Energy Sector. See report, here.
Building Urban Resilience. See report, here.
Investing in Natural Gas: Options for Resilient and Flexible Power Systems in Latin America
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Countdown to the ECPA Ministerial—and 2030
With only 10 years to go to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals—including the goal to ensure access to “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”—energy ministers from around the Americas will meet in Jamaica next month to look at some of the obstacles and opportunities ahead. Other side events will include panel discussions on specific aspects of the ECPA agenda.
The OAS is organizing two side events—one on joint efforts by the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic to develop a set of common energy efficiency standards for electric lighting products, and the other on the challenges of hardening infrastructure against natural disasters to ensure that critical systems can get back up and running as soon as possible. Read more
Thursday, November 14, 2019
KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)—scheduled to take place on February 27-28, 2020, in Montego Bay, Jamaica—will focus on "Energy Resilience and Investment Opportunities.'' It's a theme that will resonate across the Americas, said Jamaica's Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams. Read more
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Jamaica in the Spotlight
VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile—After announcing that her country will host the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks spoke in an interview about the importance of energy issues to the Caribbean region. Read more