Georgetown, Guyana – (April 29, 2016) President David Granger will be joining his counterparts from the Region and the hemisphere at the United States Caribbean Central American Energy Summit in Washington DC from May 3-4, 2016. The discussions at this forum will address opportunities for increased cooperation in the region’s energy integration.
The summit will include closed-door Caribbean-focused sessions with Vice President Joseph Biden, a Caribbean-focused public-private sector session and a plenary session with all participants. This engagement is a key component of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI) that was announced by the Vice President in June 2014.
It will bring together government, finance, and private sector leaders from the United States, the Caribbean and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, energy diversification, greater access to finance and donor coordination.
In April 2015, US President Barack Obama met with CARICOM leaders in Jamaica where he announced the launch of a task force for the Caribbean and Central American energy to expand existing efforts and explore areas of progress and opportunity to achieve more reliable, sustainable and affordable energy throughout the region.
The summit is a culmination of this task force and serves as an opportunity to highlight recent successes, discuss recommendations and identify the path forward to achieve mutual objectives.