WASHINGTON, D.C. – Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed the Caribbean Energy Security Summit on Monday, January 26. The summit’s focus was the Caribbean’s involvement in a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, today signed a 1.3 million Euro funding agreement for the establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).

The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States, held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia,Samoa, featured the launch of a network of regional sustainable energy centers for SIDS in Africa, the Pacific, Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. The south-south multi-stakeholder partnership is coordinated by the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Mechanism – SIDS DOCK and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with financial support of the Governments of Austria and Spain.

Barbados will sign a five-year partnership declaration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) early next month.

The agreement will be signed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on the side-lines of the September 1-4 Third International United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Samoa

A government statement said the five-year partnership, which seeks to promote sustainable low-carbon industrial development, builds on Barbados’ green economy thrust, with emphasis on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) participated in a historic regional workshop to promote sustainable energy industries and markets in the Caribbean.


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