Gov’t and Private Sector to Hold Energy Talks

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell (2nd left), makes a point to Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Jamaica, His Excellency Antonio F. Da Costa E. Silva (2nd right), during a bio fuels function on Wednesday, June 5, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Others participating in the discussion (from left) are: Organization of American States (OAS) Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Joan Neil; and Representative from the Embassy of the United States in Jamaica, Nathan Halat.

The Government and private sector stakeholders will explore investments opportunities within the energy sector, at a panel discussion scheduled for Thursday, June 6, in Montego Bay.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, made the disclosure during a function on sustainable bio fuels in Jamaica, on Wednesday, June 5, at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

The discussion session, which will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, will look at, among other things, entrepreneurial opportunities and job creation prospects.

“We are going to be discussing the role of our private sector in the energy industry that we are establishing in Jamaica, to highlight to them, opportunities for private investment and job creation in energy, and this is one of the areas that I intend to highlight because I think we are now on the right path to achieving tremendous investment in this area,” Minister Paulwell stated.

The forum is being hosted by the Energy Policy Coalition, which is an alliance of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ).

It will be held under the theme: ‘Energy Entrepreneurship for National Economic Growth’.

The discussion will be preceded by an exhibition of energy efficiency and conservation products and services offered by numerous private sector groups, which will be open to the public at noon.

The discussion session will be moderated by Senator Imani Duncan-Pryce and presenters include Director of Sales and Marketing, Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Garth McKenzie; Manager, Engineering and Energy Solutions, Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), Paul Grey; and Managing Director, Fosrich Limited, Cecil Foster.

Contact: Chris Patterson

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