Jamaica to Host ECPA Energy Summit in 2019

Photo: JIS Photographer Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, addresses delegates at the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), at Viña del Mar in Santiago, Chile, on September 7.

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  • Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019.
  • Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7.
  • Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership.

Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019.

Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7.

The Ambassador spoke of the continued commitment of the Government towards energy diversification and access, and reduced cost to the population.

She said Jamaica looks forward to the next two years of leading the work of the ECPA in partnership with the team at the Development Secretariat of the OAS.

“The region is rich in natural resources and we will seek to optimize this potential through various activities that will make the Americas a leader in the new energy paradigm,” the Ambassador said.

Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership.

“I am very heartened by the expressions of support from the partners of this initiative at the United States Department of Energy and Department of State as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank delegations,” the Ambassador said.

Also addressing the meeting were President Bachelet and the Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Luis Almagro.

President Bachelet highlighted the necessity of energy access and her country’s commitment towards more sustainable energy, and supporting the guiding principles and Action Plan of the ECPA.

During the opening ceremony, representatives from several countries made presentations in support of the seven pillars of the ECPA.

The seven pillars include: promoting renewable energy; improving energy efficiency; making more efficient use of fossil fuels; creating energy infrastructure; reducing energy poverty; promoting regional energy integration; and developing energy research and innovation.

Its Mission is to promote regional energy cooperation through different strategies and actions to achieve a cleaner, safer, efficient, modern and fair energy deployment, while the Vision is one of shared leadership in the implementation of energy initiatives and the exchange of experiences within the countries of the Americas, in support of energy development objectives.

The ECPA is supported by a Technical Coordination Unit led by the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS.

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