Some $6 million is to be spent to support the sub-regional office for the Latin America and Caribbean Energy Organisation in Jamaica (OLADE).
The sum is allocated in the Estimates of Expenditure, which is before the House of Representatives.
The project, ‘Establishment of OLADE’s Caribbean Sub-regional Office in Jamaica’, is being implemented by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM). OLADE is providing approximately $5 million in funds.
As outlined in the Estimates, as at February 2013, the office had been established and operationalised and is fully furnished. In addition, a sub-regional co-ordinator has been engaged to manage the office.
The budgeted sum for this fiscal year is to provide technical assistance to strengthen STEM’s policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation capacity; develop an interface between the National Energy Information System (SEIN) and STEM’s Energy Database Management and Information System (EDMIS), which is Jamaica’s component of the Regional Energy Information System; and build capacity to enable STEM to carry out tasks aligned to the National Energy policy 2009 to 2030.
The project’s original duration is from January 2012 to March 2014.
By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter