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It’s CARICOM Energy Week! CEW 2013 “A Secure and Sustainable Energy Future Begins Now!”

Monday, November 11, 2013

CEW 2013 will be staged across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from November 10-16, 2013 under the general theme, “A Secure and Sustainable Energy Future Begins Now!” This is the third staging of CEW since its establishment as an annual event by CARICOM Energy Ministers in 2011. The model is for the CEW to be marked by the staging of concurrent National Energy Weeks in the Community, under a general theme. This allows Member States the flexibility to tailor their activities to address country specific activities.

Aim and Objectives

The overall aim of CEW is to build awareness among energy stakeholders, and in particular, the general citizenry in CARICOM on sustainable energy issues, and the actions necessary for the transformation of the market towards a state where it becomes characterized by high levels of energy efficiency, and high utilization of renewable energy and clean energy options.

Regional Level Activities

  • CEW 2013 will be officially launched in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, 11 November 2013. Inter alia, the Launch will serve to provide increased visibility for CEW and its objectives.

  • A Live Panel Discussion will be staged at the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) and broadcast live across CARICOM Member States on Thursday, 14 November 2013. Panelists will include Ministers with responsibility for Energy in CARICOM, energy experts, and senior energy officials. This is the first in a series of Panel Discussions in which CARICOM Energy Ministers will address critical energy policy issues in their territories and the Region.

  • A Regional Essay Competition will be held among Secondary Schools on the theme ‘sustainable energy’. The winner of the Essay Competition will be announced during CEW 2013.
  • In addition, this year we celebrate the milestone achievements of the establishment of a Regional Energy Policy and renewable energy targets for electricity generation over the short, medium and long terms.

National Level Activities

Almost all CARICOM Member States have indicated that a range of activities, aimed at achieving the objectives, will be executed during the week. Member States are encouraged to establish relevant partnerships at the national level among the public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations, towards securing resources for the execution of various activities.

For more information, visit the CARICOM Energy Week